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Berners-Lee rejects tracking

kernowyon (1257174) writes | more than 6 years ago

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kernowyon (1257174) writes "The BBC has an interview with Sir Tim Berners-Lee during his visit to the UK on their website currently. In it, he voices his concern about the practice of tracking activity on the internet — with particular reference to Phorm. Quotes Sir Tim with regard to his data — "It's mine — you can't have it. If you want to use it for something, then you have to negotiate with me.""
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This is *so* naive from Sir Tim (1)

PJ The Womble (963477) | more than 6 years ago | (#22773764)

Does Sir Tim think that the medium of transmission or storage of information has had anything to do with what people or organisations who could afford to purchase or commandeer information about us have been doing for years? At one end of the scale it's called marketing and is (apparently) how western economies work, and at the other it's something much more sinister.

His example about ordering a number of books online about a particular cancer and then having one's insurance rating reviewed as a result of the ordering process is interesting though: it reminds me that when genetic testing for inherited health conditions was first discussed in the media, there was a fear that insurance companies would demand that we take such tests (or declare so if we had already taken them) in order to rate us.

Should we now be forced "uberrimae fidei" to disclose whether we have large amounts of information available to us, and are avid readers?

Would the world have ended up with Bush if his PA's Amazon.com orders had been available? Both The Cat In The Hat and I think not!
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