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Opinion: Our Default on Sharing Should Lean Toward Privacy

PERSONAL PRIVACY

June 15, 2012

In the latest installment of his series on privacy in the Toronto Star, Don Tapscott discusses how the ubiquity of gadgets, sensors and social media have led to a shift in privacy from a social norm to an outmoded concept. Individuals are increasingly sharing intimate details of their lives online, which are then used by various entities including marketers, government personnel and, sometimes, criminals. But the “fundamental problem with the case of radical personal openness is that we are a long way from a world where being open will not hurt us,” Tapscott writes, adding we need “a personal privacy strategy governing what information we release and to whom.”
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