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Google May Close Gmail Germany Over Privacy Law

n3k5 Re:Privacy != anonymity (368 comments)

There seem to be way, way, way more instances of spammers, phishing expeditions, fraudsters, character assassins [...] than there are examples of genuinely good things like whistle-blowing and free expression under non-free regimes that might legitimately be protected by anonymity.
And where from do these shady characters get large lists of e-mail addresses, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and the like? From databases that retain such data. In order to combat these problems, it would seem prudent to limit such data retention to the strictly necessary minimum.

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yes and no

n3k5 n3k5 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

err, yes, i have a journal. i don't record stuff like where my cat shit last night, which customer annoyed me today or how the party last saturday was. i wouldn't do that, because i can't imagine a situation in which i would want to look that up later, but first of all i wouldn't do it on-line. while i can't imagine a situation in which information like this could be useful in a way i would approve of, i'm aware that there are people out there who read rubbish like that, but i don't want to do those a favour.

anyway, yes, i do have a journal. i write down ideas, thoughts, stories and experiences that i'll probably want to dig out later, in order to continue a project i once started, to refresh the memory of things i always forget or to put unfinished parts together to something useful. of course i share the secretions of my mind with the general public over the internet once they're polished and shiny at the end of such a process. but my notes, my thoughts and all my private stuff are mine and mine alone.

well, sorry. no journal for you.

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