Where to draw the line?

“You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.”
– Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems

There’s been a lot of discussion about online privacy in the media recently. From Google’s privacy policy to Facebook’s terms and conditions, more and more questions are being asked about what happens to the data we submit and policies we blindly agree to. Ask yourself when was the last time you actually read, understood and agreed to the mandatory terms and conditions when signing up for an online service or buying something from a web store?

Now balance this against the smashing of a huge paedophile ring due to the use of personal information. The anonymity that the Internet provides is just one of the great things about it but at the same time is also one of it’s greatest threats to its very existence – at least in its current form.

Maybe that is no bad thing.

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