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Opinion: Why No One Cares about Privacy Anymore

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 15, 2010

In an analysis that contradicts much of the current debate about data privacy, CNET's Declan McCullagh offers a lengthy argument on how changing norms have led to reduced outrage about moves that advocates would typically consider privacy violations. "Norms are changing," McCullagh writes, "with confidentiality giving way to openness." He cites the widespread embracing of Google's social networking feature, Buzz, which activists jumped on but "relatively few Google Buzz users seem to mind." McCullagh says that "Internet users have grown accustomed to informational exhibitionism" and cites a psychology professor's theory that "If one can choose how much or little to divulge about oneself to another voluntarily, privacy is maintained."
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