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[liberationtech] FT: Companies scramble for consumer data (personal data are so cheap... why bother to protect them)

Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes alps6085 at
Sat Jun 15 09:59:15 PDT 2013

I don't think it needs to be viewed as "personal-data pornography," or
"exhibitionism," or "privacy-kamikaze," but rather as a radical
"reductio ad absurdum."

I truly believe "Internet Privacy" is an oxymoron. Therefore, any and
all attempts to "protect it" are doomed from the start. It's just like
"copyright" in the movie industry. Why not reverse the argument and
make "privacy" irrelevant, with zero economic value? Since the wheels
of industry are financial, industry will fail to profit from it.
Best Regards | Cordiales Saludos | Grato,

Andrés L. Pacheco Sanfuentes
<alps at>
+1 (817) 271-9619

On Sat, Jun 15, 2013 at 11:51 AM, Alfonso De Gregorio <adg at> wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 15, 2013 at 7:24 PM, ale fernandez <skoria at> wrote:
>> With all this talk of how snooping agencies and companies are trading people's data, wouldn't a citizen aggregated and voluntary free / creative commons database or similar be of value - perhaps at least as a way of reducing the value of all these data mining companies?
>> Ale
> Such self-exposure may sounds kind of personal-data pornography -- and
> somebody might argue that it wouldn't be so different than disclosing
> our life to a random peer on a social media site.
> More seriously, if we believe there is value in privacy, we shouldn't
> erode our own privacy as modern privacy-kamikaze just to destroy
> personal information market value. Let's play to win!
> Of course, a large number of individuals, who genuinely would like to
> protect their privacy, will not do so because of cognitive biases well
> documented in behavioral economics and decision research [1].
> Cheers,
> Alfonso
> [1] Acquisti A., John L., Loewenstein G., "What is privacy worth?",
> Future of Privacy Forum,
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