And the real question is, how dissimilar can any data-mining, profile-generating, social-network-enabling corporate entity be from such creeping Evil. Breaches of privacy cannot be easily explained by accident, by exceptional circumstances, especially if they recur. They are soon exposed for what they are: evidence of the sort of underlying motivations best met with corresponding breaches of trust.
I remain as yet unconvinced and undecided.
- the accidental public disclosure of private information such as email address, photo, or real name, when signing up or signing in;
- the forcing of users to enable 3d party cookies;
- difficulty or impossibility of integration with exclusive HTTPS.
Actually, it is not strictly speaking my soapbox; I pirated it from Eben Moglen, and a speech he gave. It is Possibly The Most Important Thing You Need To Undertstand So Far In The New Millenium.
Here is an introduction (via Boing Boing):
Last week saw the latest installment of David Isenberg's Freedom to Connect conference in Washington, DC. One of the keynotes came from Eben Moglen, formerly chief counsel of the Free Software Foundation, now the principle agitator behind the Software Freedom Law Center. Eben's keynote is one of the most provocative, intelligent, outrageous and outraged pieces of technology criticism I've heard. It's a 45 minute lecture with a 45 minute Q&A. I ripped the audio and listened to it while walking around town today and kept having to stop and take out my headphones and think for a while.