Opinion: Privacy Advocate Buzzing over New Site
SOCIAL NETWORKINGFebruary 18, 2010
From social networking to biometrics, every indication is that those who wish to keep their personal information private will be facing an uphill battle, privacy analyst Stephen Wilson writes in an op-ed for the Sydney Morning Herald. Citing criticism of Google for its new Buzz social networking feature, Wilson says the company created an "instant circle of followers from e-mail address books" by using information collected for another purpose. Wilson suggests that without safeguards, information gained through social networking, biometrics and consumer tracking will continually be used for unintended purposes, with potentially dire consequences. "The best way to head off these nightmare scenarios is to invoke fundamental privacy protections at every turn," he writes. "Nobody should collect information about me without a clearly defined need. No information about me should be used for unforeseen purposes without my consent."