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What is your view on Information Privacy and how it has evolved over the past 20 years?

Over the past 20 years the concept of information privacy has significantly changed from heavily guarded to freely shared.

Recently I was researching bar code scanners and came across a product from the 1990's that would allow you to scan a bar code (UPC) of a product and take you to a web page with more information. This product however went through a third party that would track your scans and use that information for advertising. This scanner did not last on the market due to peoples concern for the privacy of their information. In contrast, today people freely give this information out with little concern for their information. Just about every website you go to has an option to provide your personal information. Many people to not take the time to discover how this information is used and blindly click to agree with the terms. I would like to explore the change in mind set over time.

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  • May 7 2012: Here is a different perspective on the question of privacy, from a certain well-known public figure -

    "Secrecy is the original sin. Fig leaf in the Garden of Eden. The basic crime against love... The purpose of life is to receive, synthesize and transmit energy. Communication fusion is the goal of life. Any star can tell you that. Communication is love. Secrecy, withholding the signal, hoarding, hiding, covering up the light is motivated by shame and fear.
    As so often happens, the right wing is half right for the wrong reasons. They say primly: if you have done nothing wrong, you have no fear of being bugged. Exactly. But the logic goes both ways. Then FBI files, CIA dossiers, White House conversations should be open to all. Let everything hang open. Let government be totally visible. The last, the very last people to hide their actions should be the police and the government."
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      May 8 2012: We're perhaps a little off the subject here, but I would suggest that your "public figure" add a couple of words, like so:
      "The purpose of life is to receive, synthesize and transmit energy. Communication fusion is the goal of life."

      Each of us naturally has the right to choose the purposes and goals of our own lives. The public figure's goals and purposes are valid for the public figure, not necessarily for others. Preaching to others what the purpose of their lives should be would sound pretty arrogant, whether you're the Pope, Jesus, or whoever .

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