Privacy paradoxes
M A Bradshaw
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I found your discussion very interesting, and wonder, do you feel that we as a society have failed to keep up with our technological advancements in ICT? Technology is charging on, but we as a society retain or hold on to values that are essentially incompatible or at the least falling behind with the World Wide Web… I think it is only now that we are seeing the real time application of big data and information collection (particularly but not limited to Google and Facebook), that we are beginning to ask the question about our information and our privacy in the ‘real’ world.

Surely the only way forward is a global approach, but obviously with social, cultural and political differences this is something of a pipe dream? With differences in national laws, issues like notorious file sharing site PirateBay will continue to laugh while authorities struggle to catch up, and I am sure they will find additional loopholes in avoiding ongoing setbacks such as the UK government judgement. On the other hand, Navi Pillay’s report is a promising step, but is again something that is going to be shaped by society. If we continue to have varying concepts and tolerances on our virtual privacy, whether it relates to convenience or availability, policy and enforcement is forever going to be playing catch up. It would certainly appear that you have chosen a topic that has a number of variables and is gaining attention, finding a balance and an internationally recognised standard, supplemented by rolling national policy (reflecting the regional/national environment) is surely the way — acknowledging that there is no gold plated solution and any implementation will continue to evolve with society changes and baselines…

A very interesting topic and I look forward to reading further articles.

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