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All Your Data Are Belong to Us, 2.0 Jan2006

I have fears.

Sites like del.icio.us and gmail are quite nifty and offer a great deal of convenienence. Unfortunately, it also means that the things we use everyday in our busy lives, and the things we know about from our busy lives, are inherently entrusted to large corporations with data centers that reside far far away.

This isn't so bad if the corporations promise to take care of our data to love and to hold, for richer or poorer, blah blah blah. This just isn't the case though. Corporations exist to make money (not a bad thing) and if they can make money by using what they know about us, from us, to exploit us, then they will. If they are threatened financially, they will surrender anything and everything about anyone and everyone to the those doing the threatening.

I also have substantial fears that these sites mentioned will someday just close down and I'll lose my data, but that's much less rational than my privacy-related fears.

Everything has a cost, even convenience. I love the whole Web2.0 (eek I just used that term!) concept. I love that apps online are providing a much better user experience than the flat 2d feel that's been around for so long. Heck, I even love that javascript is finally useful. I'm just afraid that we won't like the consequences of having our data so socially connected and of having one single point of vulnerability for millions of people's data.

Let me be clear - I am all for my government having the right to ask for that information if it helps catch the bad guys. I want the bad guys caught and put away, and if them having access to my bookmarks and email then so be it. What I don't like is that so much data is now in one place as a nice big juicy target for the digital bad guys.

I've been thinking about this for a long time. I even rolled my own del.icio.us wannabe bookmark manager for my friends because of this concern. Perhaps I should release that to the public and see if anyone else is as paranoid as I am.

At this blog post, http://battellemedia.com/archives/002245.php, it's mentioned that Google didn't give up the info but other Search Engines had. I wonder how long it will be until Google gives that information... I wonder how far up the courts system this thing will go.

These thoughts are my own, unless they're yours. And if they're yours, we may have metaphysical problems beyond simple concept ownership and should probably talk soon.
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