Are We A See-Through Society?
ONLINE PRIVACY—CANADAAugust 16, 2010
"The traditional notions of privacy and anonymity--and even the revamped versions that arose with the Web two decades ago--are dying." That's according to a report in The Globe and Mail that examines the way a few simple clicks on Internet sites can reveal settings and information that can be used to identify users. Noting that privacy legislation in Canada and many countries was drafted long before current tracking capabilities emerged, the report suggests that the Internet's "marketing-oriented assault on privacy is unnervingly complemented by a move to greater security measures, with everything from airport scanners to street surveillance cameras turning an invasive eye on citizens as they go through everyday life" resulting in a "see-through society" that features "digital doppelgangers of us all over the place."