Randy Bean reports:
I recently attended a talk on the topic of intellectual privacy by Neil M. Richards, Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, and author of the recently published book, Intellectual Privacy: Rethinking Civil Liberties in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press). The underlying message of his talk was bracing and cautionary. Privacy breaches, unethical hacking, and other invasions of data privacy so often lead to the establishment of guardrails and restrictions that limit our ability to experience greater convenience, enjoy more personalized consumer experiences, benefit from greater customer self-service, or learn from data that we now have access to. We don’t want to surrender our freedoms. We want the freedom to do with “our data” whatever we damn well please. Our intentions are good — upward and onward for the greater benefit of mankind, or for users of the next personalized mobile application.
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