The Open Society Paradox: Companies Have Privacy, You Don't
For those who, during the ChoicePoint outcry, (see Secondary Screening) were critical of me for not supporting a notification law for companies who maintain databases of personal information I point you to a couple of facts. First, today’s news that tapes with the sensitive data of 4 million Americans are missing is just the latest in a huge string of cases of data being stolen from companies. When do we get to a point when these notifications cover so many millions of Americans and happen so frequently that people ignore them and therefore don’t justify the cost of a notification law?
So writes Dennis Bailey in “Notification Nonsense.” But what he doesn’t explain is why someone in favor of openness would favor allowing companies to make these mistakes in private. With greater openness, consumers could better judge what companies they want to patronize. So why oppose openness here?