Trust-Me Privacy

Here we go again. We see yet another case of lack of privacy protection and its devastating consequences.

In the “Link By Link” segment of the February 16, 2009 issue of the New York Times, Noam Cohen writes a column with the title “As Data Collecting Grows, Privacy Erodes.” Again we see that a top public hero is diminished by the unauthorized retention of personal data – in this case, it was Alex Rodriguez’s information about his using steroids.

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  1. DV May 4, 2009 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    With preliminary address verification canvassing now underway, the Census Bureau is handing out confidentiality notices, citing the pertinent CFR sections, that are plainly intended to reassure respondents that their private information is safe.

    What they don’t mention is that Congress can change the law at any time, and that there are undoubtedly exceptions for government’s “lawful purposes.”

    Besides being the most intrusive data collection project in the country, the census does not really provide any sort of enforceable protection, such as a commercial contract does. As a result, their notice is even less reliable than a website privacy statement.

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