No Privacy Chernobyls
Over at the Burton Identity and Privacy Strategies blog, there’s a post from Ian Glazer, “Trip report from the Privacy Symposium,” in which he repeats claims from Jeff Rosen:
I got to hear Jeffery Rosen share his thoughts on potential privacy “Chernobyls,” events and trends that will fundamentally alter our privacy in the next 3 to 10 years.
I don’t believe it, and haven’t believed it in a long time. As I said in 2006, There Will Be No Privacy Chernobyl. There’s too much habituation, too much disempowerment, and too diffuse an impact of any given issue.
I’d love to have to eat those words. Rosen suggests five issues:
- Targeted ads
- Search term links
- The Star Wars kid
- Ubiquitous surveillance
Do you see any of these rising to the level of Chernobyl? Where you could stop the average person on the street in most of the developed world, ask a simple question, and not get a blank stare?