Gowtham Sunkara

Student B.E Computer Science , Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani-Goa Campus


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Value of privacy on the internet.

A recent article on a popular website states that the average internet user values his/her privacy at 65 Cents.

It's amazing how little some people value digital privacy. People are comfortable sharing all their personal details on social networking sites to strangers. They will give up their contact information to advertising companies and make themselves the target of spam, all for a free screensaver.

Do you think the average user will ever understand the value of his personal data?

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    Mar 16 2012: The average user feels safe in the comfort of their own home while browsing and "subscribing" to spam and all sorts of privacy stealing agencies. Most users also feel "anonymous" on the web and think their privacy cannot be hijacked. So, the answer is NO! The average user will never understand the value of his personal data and frankly does not care.
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      Mar 16 2012: Good Point Gabe. They value comfort much more than privacy. But I do see a little change in the recent past. People are beginning comprehend whats at stake. I hope the trend flourishes.
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        Mar 18 2012: I agree.
        I hope that trend flourishes too.
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    Mar 25 2012: Strangers could benfit from your private information. They could reach your home and this is so gangerous nowadays. It is okay to share your information but sharing many or detailed information is a rescue.
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    Mar 16 2012: Alot of people don't read the eula that is supplied with most sites,probably taking it for granted that it is the same for every site which is a mistake ,usually it's because of the tradition of clickfast, jump in don't worry about the third party that is stated to allow access to email addresses and on sells that to another buyer.Though most forums are changing this practice, it is still in use.
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      Mar 16 2012: Time for some better End-User License Agreements then!

      Here is an interesting article I found on why to go through EULAs - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc512640.aspx
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        Mar 16 2012: Or maybe installer progs worldwide must show a blanked out background and run the eula in slow step so as to make sure that it is shown and so at the end of it it will then give you the accept button highlighted.

        Of course that would get the average user angry as it will remind them of the dvd copyright screen that usually forces one to endure waiting for the movie but atleast it is there and can't be sidestepped by scrolling to the bottom,i can see alsorts of holes in it as i'm prone to flicking past the eula myself.That article you posted though old still stands today except the guys out there programming all those nasties are getting more sophisticated each year.Take for instance paypal,it is severely hacked but mainly on a singular basis,it's the tribes of organized hitters that throw sneakers out there that are the dangerous ones.

        Damn i didn't want to say this but there might have to be a worldwide agreement to put in place a watchdog service like what the u.n is trying to propose.