From Slashdot:


"Two-thirds of consumers want the government to safeguard their privacy online and 81 percent want to add their names to a Do Not Track list, according to a May poll released Tuesday by Consumers Union. In addition, over 80 percent of respondents were concerned that companies may be sharing their personal information with third parties without their permission. The survey's release comes just one day before a Senate Commerce Committee hearing where lawmakers will hear testimony on three data privacy bills currently in front of the Senate."


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One member had an idea where he would volunteer to be falsely added to lists with data faking. The idea was if the data was "dirty", it might be harder to get an accurate charge if he then came under legit suspicion. However, the problem with False Positives is that they are deadly. Reason: you can't deny them! They fall to:


"You are a terrorist! Prove you're not."


The whole Security Theater adventure is fueled by false positives.


Perhaps if thousands of people had interlocking false positives dirtying the data, the increased entropy/confusion might be enough to convince a judge to throw out a bad case. But this is uncertain, because all it takes is a really smart expert to properly manage the data and then somewhere under all that is the original problem.


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On another topic, when presented with a "clear" survey, citizens want some privacy protection. The trouble is, in the current Social Media environment, when corps take privacy away in little chunks, people are faced with an All Or Nothing decision about whether to use a fun service. They end up staying with the service because all the cautionary steps necessary are eventually exhausting to maintain.


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