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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.
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.