Opinion: On the Internet, Our Secrets Are Worth Billions
ONLINE PRIVACYMay 28, 2010
Privacy concerns over access to the content we create on the Internet have taken the focus away from data we put out there for companies to collect, but that is where our primary concerns should be, Aditya Chakrabortty reports in a column for The Guardian. Search engines, online retailers and other Web-based companies "have only got better at taking our information and analysing it," Chakrabortty writes, while, "we have handed over intimate information--in clicks and search terms and hours of browsing--about ourselves with barely any questions asked." The result, he suggests, is making "commercial Internet enterprises the under-regulated custodian of our most intimate intentions and secrets...and it's a database worth billions."