Slip of the Tongue or Truth Revealed: You Have Zero Privacy Anyway – Get Over It

There was a furor when Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy told reporters “privacy issues are a red herring; you have zero privacy anyway…get over it!” Many could not believe he would say that; however, he was simply stating the truth – an obvious truth to those with access to the many databases that contain your life – and more problematic – things that did not actually happen but got recorded as though they did.

Still believe we have privacy? Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said “The privacy you’re concerned about is largely an illusion. All you have to give up is your illusions, not any of your privacy.” They have both known about the erosion of our privacy for so long they apparently didn’t even realize their comments would be a surprise.

Why do they say we have no privacy? Do you know what information you think is private can be easily accessed? The one that surprised me the most is who has access to your medical records. If anything should be private you would think your health would be.

Even that is not what is really threatening to our lives. Linking more and more databases together and using data mining programs to extract personal information makes it available to far too many untrustworthy individuals, companies, and government agencies.

Once you understand how data mining works you will never take privacy for granted again and more importantly, you will have a better idea what you can do to protect yourself.

LEARN TO PROTECT (as much as possible) YOUR PERSONAL PRIVACY AND FUTURE:

[WARNING: One of the easiest ways to track someone is to offer them a way to opt out of tracking. Many groups that claim or appear to protect us actually hurt us. Telling the difference is extremely difficult; however, checking to see who the members are often reveals their true purpose. Don't be in any hurry to use these types of sites.]

ADDITIONAL 2008 RESOURCES on PRIVACY CONCERNS:

ADVANCED READING ON PRIVACY ISSUES:

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (2007 and earlier):

What if profit is the real red herring? Maybe it isn’t all about money. Maybe it is all about control.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES on DATA MINING:

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Gail Gardner

Small Businsss Strategist at GrowMap
Creator and owner of GrowMap.com, Gail is primarily known for mentoring small businesses and encouraging bloggers to join collaborations to share skills and support small business.