Monday, March 17, 2014

Privacy and The Internet (first posted on May 18, 2010)

Privacy and The Internet
I am perplexed by the notion of privacy on the Internet. The law in the United States protects against illegal search and seizure, that law does not apply to data. The Internet is designed to broadcast throughout the world. One would not seek confidentiality in a place intended for sharing. There is knowledge that has remained buried for many years; it was never placed on the Internet. Governmental, medical, business and educational institutions are responsible for securing our personal data that is input onto their networked systems. Nothing, once it leaves you, is sacred. The best use of the Internet is to broadcast and to share data. In an earlier discussion we stated that, 'Nothing should be done on the Internet, that would not be done in a court of law'. This statement still stands true.

Google and privacy-the government has access to all data searched on Google. After 18 months, Google anonym-izes data, but a person can still be tracked through discarded records. All searches are connected to your IP address. Googles states that no one owns posted data.

InPrivate is Microsoft's answer to privacy, but it entails numerous keystrokes. Every keystroke is recorded by the computer, even deletions. The computer stores deleted files until they are written over.

Seek privacy within yourself, not on the Internet. The Internet holds numerous breach opportunities, even with encryption.

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