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Is it's possible have both increased privacy and more security?

By fazmin.nizam ·
Have you ever had a feeling that some is recording your life? Although the thought stays in the back of our minds we never think about it. We live in an era of ubiquitous logging of everything we do, CCTV surveillance, identity cards, and corporate databases - to say nothing of the assault on privacy that has accompanied the War on Terror. Take a look at this.

http://www.raeng.org.uk/policy/reports/pdf/dilemmas_of_privacy_and_surveillance_report.pdf

I find this report very interesting The report's authors thinks that engineers have a key role in making sure privacy safeguards are built into systems.

The report also talks about the issues in UK ID card scheme will likely lead to more databases holding sensitive personal information. The move towards providing more government services online accelerates this trend. The academy concedes that human error (or, we'd add, technical shortcomings) can lead to personal data being lost or stolen. There's also the risk of accident or interrupt.

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I Know all that.

by andersonjesse28 In reply to Is it's possible have bot ...

But i want know is this good for you, because some of us people are good people it the bad one that worry me.

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Welcome to the virtual world we inhabit, Cyberbunks.

by Neon Samurai In reply to Is it's possible have bot ...

There is still potential for some privacy with security but it would depend more on the people securing the rest of us sheep.

I think it'd be more likely to happen in Japan before anywhere else. The culture (as I understand) is still very heavily influenced by Bushido and the Samurai ruling class. No where else in known history has a worrior class been so well educated and bound to it's resonsabilities.

A possition of absalute authority should be bound by responsablity for the well being of it's subordinates. If you where responsible for a village, you could cut down anyone in it without question or anounced reason but if the killing was truly unjust, you'd be opening your own Hara or loosing your head by someone else's sword.

That seems off topic but bare with me. In most other (I don't know enough to claim *all*) cultures with a worrior class, power meant free will to do as you liked uncontested. Think of that charming villan in Braveheart and the english mandate to "bread out" the irish and scotish through the land owners claim to the wedding night of any woman surf.

Contrast the highly educated and imaculately kept Japanese Bushi with the undereducated, church superstition bound European land owner.

Now, back on topic, I say privacy with the amount of security we have today could only truly be achieved within the Japanese culture. Those who are responsible for that information have an ingrained imperative to strive for perfection and responsability. The people who are incharge of the data would have to be of the highest moral standing.

We can't continue to see notebooks and databases walk out of businesses on a weekly basis and delude ourselves into thinking that these people can protect our security and privacy.

A country that employs people to push-broom airport runways has the attention to detail required to safely handle the volumes of sensative information that our American Paranoia world now collects on us.

Security and lack of privacy are here to stay. I can't see people suddenly pulling down all those security cameras and scrubbing there huge client information databases. William Gibson's fictional setting in of our future come closer to reality with every day.

Brian Marshall also wrote an interesting view of the future. It's a quick read. His solution was that the only way to police society was through AI with very high morals. The don't judge the people they police or intervene unless what your doing effect another person negatively. You can drink yourself stupid but try and smash that bottle over your neibour's head and in comes the intervention. Mind you, in his utopian society, there is no privacy of any sort but there doesn't have to be because we're not running around trying to screw over each other chasing green pieces of paper or digital watches.

http://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm

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At no time in history has anyone had any privacy

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Is it's possible have bot ...

in a public place. It's just in recent years, technology has made it more obvious, while making it harder for the public guardians to turn a blind eye.

For example: in the 1960's, when a cop finds a couple getting into a bit of heavy petting at the bus stop, or the local park, he'd just tell them to cool it, and to take it home. Today, because he's more under the watchful eye of his commander, who is under the watchful eye of general public blue noses, it's a bit harder to turn a blind eye; although many still do.

Information theft has been a problem every since someone first wrote any information down. Identity theft has been going on for over a millennium, it's just a bit more noticeable today, thanks to technology.

The problems with data theft is not the government or company storing the data, but their cheap approaches to data security. There is no valid reason for huge amounts of private data to be a on any laptop. If a case worker needs data fro a particular client, then they can copy that off the main computer for the visit, and delete afterwards. No need to keep it on the laptop.

Years ago I used to do case work for some government dept, we printed out relevant summaries to take on visits and shredded them when we got back. Lazy people just download them to the computer, and never bothering to clean them up. This isn't a technology problem, it's an organizational issue with lazy bludgers.

Security cameras in public places are a good idea. It's no worse than the shop staff keeping an eye out.

And government databases are no different to what level of information currently exists.

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