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[liberationtech] Privacy Promises and Client-Side Betrayal.

Karl Fogel kfogel at red-bean.com
Mon Jun 10 10:15:01 PDT 2013


Hi.  I thought this might be of interest here:

http://www.rants.org/2013/06/09/privacy-promises-and-client-side-betrayal/

Thesis: Apps that promise self-destructing data, promise emails that can
be un-sent, etc, are making promises they cannot keep -- at least not if
they are to work with recipients who use open source software (but in
principle they can't work reliably even in proprietary environments).

We can't expect most users to follow these things at the level of detail
we do -- so it's all the more important that we try hard to avoid making
users promises that we can't keep.  (I'm aware that "we" is a fuzzy term
here and doesn't always include the people who most often make such
promises... But we can call it when we see it, at least.)

Best,
­Karl



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