Re: POL: Privacy

Ross A. Finlayson (
Tue, 30 Mar 1999 07:13:23 -0500

Here's a start:

Security through obscurity is not security, it's obscurity, and suited only for Oz types.

When/If a massive super AI comes into being, all security through obscurity will become pretty much moot.

Sink Clipper!

Ross F.

Ross A. Finlayson wrote:

> Hello again,
> Today I'm writing about privacy and the sovereignty of personal data.
> To some extent, privacy is a right, to the extent that others using it
> is an infringment of rights.
> Privacy is a broad issue, affecting many diverse areas.
> For a summary of my views on privacy rights, note:
> Over the past ten years or so, legislation has been introduced that
> concerns privacy. One of my favorites so far is the Privacy Protection
> Act of 1993, but not necessarily those of other years. This can be
> found online at
> Each of us, every day, has some of our personal data used without our
> knowledge. This is how they e- or postal mail tax forms, which is a
> requirement of citizenship, and how they send anonymous bulk e-mail,
> which is an invasion of privacy. Taxation without representation is
> unconstitutional, but that is a different topic.
> Your personal data is in the hands of myriad diverse parties that have
> absolutely no qualms to use it however they would, and no right to it.
> One thing I advocate is some kind of "privacy preference profile."
> Using such an item (prototypes exist), one could select what data to
> share with these obnoxious marketers, and then they could pay you for
> the privilege of using your personal data.
> I would like to open discussion on this, and ask what others think can
> be done to protect privacy and the ownership of personal data by
> individuals.
> Ross F.
> --
> Ross Andrew Finlayson
> 202/387-8208
> "C is the speed of light."

The word "infringment" is correctly spelled "infringement". "Culpably liable" is spelled "culpably liable."

Ross F.

Ross Andrew Finlayson
"C is the speed of light."