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Privacy, Data and Crime

Privacy is dead. Get over it. It is gone. You will never see it again.

I used to say, 'Live as if you are on camera.' It was my way of saying live morally. Most folks behave in a moral way when they are being observed. A few years ago, I thought privacy is dead but there'd be too much data to sift, correlate and review. Just these short years later I am sure our ability to sift the data will become trivial.

Add to those thoughts the direction our legal system is heading. Soon everyone will be guilty of a crime. Right now I think all adults are guilty of at least a misdemeanor in the jurisdiction they live within. I don't yet have proof but my gut tells me it is so. Many are guilty of felonies without knowing it too, I'd guess.

Given the death or privacy and the sifting of data, tomorrow authorities will be able to lock up anyone they please whenever it takes their fancy, and they will have the evidence to make it stick.

Do nothing to annoy those in power, or those who might soon be in power, or those who may get power and that have long memories, or move to a place where power cannot reach if you can find such a place.

Privacy is dead. Get over it. It is gone. You will never see it again.

Live your life as if you are on camera, you may well be.


Nov. 3rd, 2005 01:57 am (UTC)
I don't think the authorities are all that scrupulous about evidence. If they can't find something, they'll just make it up as they go along.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
While I think that is true now and once upon a time in edge cases and on occasions where it was 'necessary' I think that the next stage requires evidence, of some sort. Tomorrow, once we've grown use to the abuse the evidence will not be required.