I just wondered what you folks thinkg about Google's Gmail. Do you think there is any reason to be concerned about privacy? Some days I do, some days I don't. I'm kinda on the fence about it. I long time back I visted www.gmail-is-too-creepy.com but I don't know if the concerns have much merit, if any at all.
I just think about what if Google uses Gmail to 'data mine' information about the people that use it's email service. Coupled with their new Desktop Search, Blogger, and Google Search, they could put together a lot of information about each person. Am I being paranoid? Does Yahoo have just as good of a chance as Google does? Are local ISP email accounts more secure and private than web based email...or are they just as suspect?
These are some of the things that I think about sometimes. Just sometimes. I think of this stuff going forward because of how reliant we are becoming on the internet in our lives.
Part of me wants to just be as anonymous as possible and not have much of an internet 'presence'. The other part of me wants to embrace it and use the blog services, free web email and other things.
The internet has nothing to do with privacy. As chcr pointed out, it's been gone for some time.
It's rather amusing that people post on a BBS or two or twenty, over time information is posted & we worry about privacy. Once the enter key is hit, it's been voluntarily released into the ether. About the only privacy available anymore is in an undergrround bunker.
Originally posted by MetalGod Right after the OK City bombing, catching Nichols & McVeigh within hours, wiped the fallacy of privacy right off the map. It was at that point that I knew we are no longer free.
I don't think we have been Free really for a long time, but then there is a fine line between a free society and a safe society.
Originally posted by jankerson I don't think we have been Free really for a long time, but then there is a fine line between a free society and a safe society.
Now, I don't think it's such a fine line at all. You give up freedoms to gain safety. Really free societies are always dangerous places. I think with certain exceptions we strike a pretty good balance, though.
Things equal to other things are not necessarily the same.