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Uncle Sam -- Privacy Hypocrite

ReddestNeck Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 8:11 PM
Perhaps the fear of being tracked could be offset by the knowledge that if a government service bureaucrat can bumble the most elementary information, he or she probably will. It's likely that if you visited the most notorious house of ill repute in town, the police would probably never know, any actual record being stuck in some write-once, read-never data base.

If one were to read the Federal Trade Commission’s recent staff report discussing ways to protect consumer privacy in mobile apps, one might conclude the federal government genuinely was concerned about consumer privacy.

Among other recommendations, the report supports safeguards such as making data collection more transparent for consumers, requiring affirmative express consent in real-time before data is collected, and adding “Do Not Track” (DNT) mechanisms for mobile users. The agency goes on to give itself a hearty pat on the back for endorsing such processes. In the words of Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, “[t[hese best practices will help to...