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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Privacy smivacy

Jeff Jarvis wrote a nice piece last week about online privacy.
"But there is an idiotic belief in some quarters that cookies are bad because they somehow impinge on our privacy -- when, in fact, I dare anyone to say how a content site's simple traffic-tracking cookie violates your privacy in any meaningful way."

It is interesting to hear people complain about the lack of privacy on the Internet. I'm always amused to hear people cry about cookies as some huge invasion of privacy when the average person doesn't have the foggiest idea what are even in cookies.

I'm also amused by people who claim to be concerned about privacy, yet they write blogs or agree to be interviewed for pieces that appear online.

The irony is that privacy has been elevated as an ideal in our society, yet we bemoan the lack of community.

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