The End of Privacy as We Know It?

Posted on July 7, 2012 in IP & Social Media

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Is the rise of Web 2.0 the beginning of the end for personal privacy? While only time will tell, there are plenty of pundits crying “the sky is falling!” …and perhaps with good reason. Never before has it been so easy to circulate private information. Never before have the intimate details of so many people’s lives been vunerable to a single keystroke.

So when a group of online experts meets–as it did at the Legal Futures Conference at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California–to evaluate the ways that Web 2.0 and new technology are making us more vulnerable to privacy intrusions, it’s worth hearing how they’re thinking.

Jennifer Granick, civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, acknowledged that she finds the location-based technology in her iPhone very convenient when she’s trying to avoid traffic congestion, but she doesn’t want the government to be able to use that technology to track her down.

Can we have the technology but prevent some uses of it and not others?

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