Privacy and security are definitely at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the Internet. In order to get more security than we have now, we are going to have to give up some privacy. However, the two concepts are far from a zero-sum game; there are many gray areas that we can work with to get some meaningful security in the long run.

Defending “Fixing the Internet” (Infoworld)

New Jersey’s Supreme Court has come down on the side of privacy, ruling that ISPs cannot give up customer information without a warrant. Unfortunately, something will have to be done about security as identity and information theft have become a huge underground business. Criminals are not the only ones using information for profit, as Charter Communications has begun finalizing plans to give customer tracking data to a company that delivers targeted advertisements.

NJ’s Top Court to Rule on Internet Privacy (

NJ Supreme Court Rules for Internet Privacy (Slashdot)

Charges Filed in Internet Privacy Theft (The Hartford Courant)
Charter in Privacy Hot Seat over Web Tracking (PC World)
I am on record as being squarely on the side of privacy, but I do agree that there are reasonable steps that could be taken (theoretically) to help ensure security while giving users the ability to control the use of their personal information. I personally believe that e-mail servers should have to authenticate with each other to pass mail back and forth to cut down on spam. I also believe that people should have the right to be as anonymous, or as open, as they like. Unfortunately, there isn’t an organization out there that I trust to administer a private information store like the one described in the Infoworld article. I certainly don’t trust the government to do it, and everyone else wants to make money off of that data. Do you think that there is common middle ground that security and privacy advocates can meet on?