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11/14/2014
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Privacy: Zuck Is Not The Devil

Facebook's new privacy rules? No reason to get grumpy. US Department of Justice's new "overly friendly skies"? Worthy of outrage.

(Source: Andrea Allen)
(Source: Andrea Allen)

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jagibbons
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11/17/2014 | 12:47:54 PM
Re: Gripe about the government spying on you, but.......
Privacy and security are a balancing act. Events will have the effect of swinging the pendulum one way or the other. 9/11 moves us to more security and less privacy. Edward Snowden pushing the pendulum back toward privacy. I don't see this ever changing.

Be informed and make good decisions. If that means not using Facebook, more power to you. If that means you are going to use Facebook, understand and be comfortable with what you're trading for that free service.
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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11/17/2014 | 12:45:48 PM
Re: Everyone's doing it
The unlocked cockpit and box cutter are just recent examples that can be used to reinforce the fact that privacy is eroding. J. Edgar Hoover bugged everyone's phones. Nixon recorded his private meetings. Perhaps there were good reasons for some of these. I believe that these and more examples like them are simply abuses in power because those individuals were in a position of power that allowed them to abuse it. In general, people are curious and paranoid. When given the means to act on those instincts, most of us will.
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11/17/2014 | 12:43:29 PM
Re: Gripe about the government spying on you, but.......
@progman, that's what I was talking about. People are always squealing about everything now, not just 9-11 style attacks. And the politicians use that to whatever advantage they can.

We live in a dangerous age now. Even before 9-11 we had the Okla City bombing but we didn't sell out our freedom for that. If these programs had 100% guarantee we'd never have another event like 9-11 then maybe it would be a legitmate debate that we need this program. 

For me, it's not this particular technique they are using that is the problem. This mass collection of data is no threat to me, even if I was international jewel thief. But what's next? Tracking chips implanted in all us? It's this growing attitude that government protection is more important than anything else, that every citizen should be guaranteed safety by our elected officials and government agencies. It's a slippery slope to a police state.
progman2000
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11/16/2014 | 2:42:12 PM
Re: Well said
Love that, great point!
progman2000
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progman2000,
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11/16/2014 | 2:41:35 PM
Gripe about the government spying on you, but.......
We haven't been hit with a significant terrorist event recently (I'm talking large scale, not the 3 fatalities at Boston) and we seem to have foiled an awful lot of plots.  I have a feeling the people that complain about the government intruding on us would also be squealing pretty loud if we had another 911 style attack.
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11/16/2014 | 2:18:06 PM
Re: Everyone's doing it
The network affects that have been created by everyone using Facebook makes it hard to resist.

In the case of Messenger, I have some friends who have moved over to Telegram. But Telegram does not have a great UI, and more people still remain on Facebook. 
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11/15/2014 | 2:39:57 PM
Re: Well said
Ello....
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11/15/2014 | 11:15:58 AM
Re: Everyone's doing it
First, Obama's not a socialist.  He's what we used to call a moderate Republican, and in modern parlance, a corporatist.  He's pitiful, but he's better than the alternatives available in the US.  Second, everyone's doing it is the lamest possible excuse.  They're doing it because we're letting them do it. Everybody's doing it just reinforces that there's nothing to be done, and encourages nothing to be done.  The author is right that in effect we're opting in if we use Facebook, he's wrong in that Zucker is evil in that he has headed down the course that has been taken.
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nomii,
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11/15/2014 | 7:43:10 AM
Re: Everyone's doing it

@Pedro true. Take the example of NSA and PRISM. I think if it would have not been leaked no one might have known that their lives are being searched inside out without their knowledge. If priemers of the states are being surveilled me and you are not even considered any threat.

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11/14/2014 | 5:51:25 PM
Re: Everyone's doing it
Privacy discussion should really start with our government.  Losing our privacy is just something we have to get used to it.  The government doesn't even announce it, they just do it.  Our current congress has over issues than protecting people's privacy. 
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