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BLOG: All about Prism, Internet privacy and —wait! — squirrel!

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | July 2, 2013
Some people are deeply upset about the latest incursions into our privacy. But as a society, we don't seem to care all that much.

Of course, I have to keep in mind that what we say in a survey and what we do in real life are often two different things. Sadly, I believe that in this case we actually care even less about Internet privacy than these numbers reveal.

Yes, I know, some people care passionately. I'm one of them. But I'm cynical enough to know that the idea of privacy that I grew up with has little to do with privacy in today's world of big data, traffic analysis and ubiquitous social networking.

For many, the real questions of the day depend on the opposite of privacy: "Did you know that Full House star Jodie Sweetin has filed for divorce?" "Can you believe that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their baby 'North West?"

If you work in IT, though, and you have to start working out how to handle your company's security or how to manage privacy on your staff's BYOD tablets and smartphones, just keep one thing in mind: You'd better care about corporate security and privacy, because your people almost certainly don't.

 

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