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Comment: Re:Erm... (Score 1) 327

by ooji (#33311646) Attached to: German Photog Wants to Shoot Buildings Excluded From Street View
Well, once you have taken the photograph, you then own the copyright on it. This entitles you to do pretty much whatever you like with it. If someone considered it appeared to show them doing something they were not then they might sue I suppose, but otherwise unless the picture is taken on private property you can generally do whatever the hell you like with it.

Comment: Re:I think the reality (Score 1) 591

by ooji (#33161576) Attached to: Google CEO Schmidt Predicts End of Online Anonymity
Yeah, so YOU might be able to opt out. But most people aren't going to worry about Face book photos, or not use credit cards online, or especially, run their own email server. Because the value they place on those things is greater than the value they place on their privacy. It doesn't matter what YOU do - you're not individually very important, and the real value is in the aggregate data. So you might be able to win the battle for your own privacy - but not for the general public. As they just don't really care.

Comment: I think the reality (Score 2, Interesting) 591

by ooji (#33160298) Attached to: Google CEO Schmidt Predicts End of Online Anonymity
is that the privacy battle has been lost and lost comprehensively. For the average person doing average things it effectively no longer exists. Sure, there are ways round it, but you are just not going to get most people to use them, most of the time. I don't think here is a way to put the genie back in the bottle, so we need to instead think of how we can live with it. The problem is not so much that privacy dissapears, but that it is asymmetric. Corporations and governments know a lot more about us than we do about them. Google could start by publishing minutes of ALL their meetings, salaries of all their employees etc, Similarly the balance of Freedom of Information to Security in government needs to change. I don't see why people in positions to affect markets or pass legislation should have any expectation of privacy AT ALL while they are in those positions. Lets stick 24 hour live feeds on all legislators and executives and really live in a post privacy world.

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