We are in danger of seeing privacy go the way of the eight-track player. And that has immense consequences not only for our personal lives, but for the character of our country.
Martin Enserink and Gilbert Chin:
Privacy as we have known it is ending, and we're only beginning to fathom the consequences.
Every time you slip that phone into your pocket, you're making a deal with the carrier: you get to use it, but the company gets your data. All of your data: where you are, where you travel, where you shop, who you're with, where you sleep -- even who you sleep with.
In pursuit of convenience, we have opened the door to unscrupulous influence.
Facebook is absolutely, indisputably creepy, a fungal colony of privacy violations fused helplessly to our human infrastructure.
The urge to enrich the Database of Intentions is irresistible.
The obfuscated commercial collection of vast amounts of personal data in exchange for 'free' services is gradually being revealed for what it is: a heist of unprecedented scale.
The scale of YouTube gets more breathtaking every year. 12 days of video are uploaded to the site every minute -- that's almost 50 years of video every day.
Decision-making algorithms are a form of politics played out at a distance, generating a troubling amount of emotional remove.
The privacy tug-of-war between individuals and organizations has become a tug with no war.