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Opinion: Privacy’s Shared Responsibility


February 13, 2013

In a column for Forbes, Larry Magid compares online privacy and security—and the corresponding user control—to driving cars and flying in planes. “When driving,” he writes, “there are things you can do to increase your safety, whereas when flying, there’s not much you can do to protect yourself, but we do rely on the airline industry and government regulators to do all they can to protect us.” The same is true online, he notes, adding we can control our passwords and what we say on social media but have little or no control over large data breaches. As a result, he opines, users, governments and industry all play a role in sharing the responsibility of protecting online privacy and security. Meanwhile, Alex Wawro writes that our personal data is a hot commodity, and “if you’re willing to play ball, you can share data on your own terms for fun and profit.”
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