Sunday, January 17, 2010

Privacy, part deux

Isn't it remarkable how quickly all the talk about Mark Zuckerberg's views on what people really expect with regard to Internet privacy died down? This post from TLF goes to one of my points about the situation, which is that there's a disconnect between the way people make choices to give up privacy online all the time and their tendency to go off when they get called on it. Worth reading.

When confronted with real world choices about privacy and information sharing, we often are willing to accept some trade-offs in exchange for something of value. But when we are asked about this process we are loathe to admit that we would willingly engage in such privacy-for-services trade-offs even if we do it every day of our lives. As Michael Arrington of TechCrunch rightly points out:

the rest of us seem to be ok with Gmail. And our phone. That’s because the benefits of those products far outweigh the privacy costs. And people are going to be just fine with Facebook, too.

And he notes there are other examples of where people seemingly make these trade-offs every day, even if it seems illogical to others why they would do so.

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