Fantastic post by Chris Messina, with lots of great reflections on Identity, Privacy and Empowerment
"I’ll be the first (well, maybe the second) to admit that we’re no longer living in the golden era of social networking. "
"So why does the competition for control of digital identity matter anymore? Frankly, because as I’ve long held, identity is the platform — the killer app of networked personal computing devices (even more so as we increasingly depend on more than one authenticated device at a time!)."
"....changes the nature of the conversation by making it less about “privacy” and more about empowerment. While some people will freak out (as they always do), this would be a bold, productive, future-forward direction to take. Hell, we’re living in this reality already—but few give straight talk about what’s going on, and how their data is, or be could, be used for their benefit"
Given the challenging UN-level negotiations on the right to privacy, Privacy International and others have urged member states to adopt principles already spelled out in the High Commissioner's report, as they are based on existing jurisprudence of human rights bodies.
As the financial industry scrambles to monetize big data, it would be smart to remember that consumers growing concerns about privacy issues might stanch the flow of personal information in coming years.
Peter Vander Auwera's insight:
With some specific insights for financial institutions
David Cameron says there should be no "means of communication" which "we cannot read" -- and no doubt many in his party will agree with him, politically. But if they understood the technology, they would be shocked to their boots.
An advanced spying tool, Regin displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen and has been used in spying operations against governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers, and private individuals.
There is a great deal of press coverage this week about Google’s announcement at CCS 2014 that they are working on a new project called RAPPOR (PDF) which reportedly uses techniques from the 1960s based around differential privacy. This is good news, or would be if it meant Google were becoming more ethical with regards …