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Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Chanson de Roland

Thank God, that I only provided LinkedIn with my junk email address. And that explains why I have been getting a tremendous amount of fraudulent offers and emailed malware packages on that email address, though that has probably also been a result of the Home Depot mega breach.

There is no getting around it: The Internet is insecure, and the business model of the majority of its search, social media, and other service provides of providing services by taking, without fair and fully informed negotiation of a license from each user and the utter lack of the ability to bargain in a market with other alternatives, is morally repugnant and unjust and ought to be illegal, and it is manifesting the bad results of such an unjust and morally vile system, with, I fear, even worse results to follow for democracy, privacy, and misuse of our personal information.

So the Internet is insecure, and its dominant business model corruptly violates our privacy without our fairly negotiated consent to do so. And, after thus misappropriating our personal information, the incompetent scoundrels can’t even secure it against against other thieves. It stinks to high heaven.

Chanson de Roland

And edit to correct an omission in the first sentence of paragraph two and to make another observation:

Thank God, that I only provided LinkedIn with my junk email address. And that explains why I have been getting a tremendous amount of fraudulent offers and emailed malware packages on that email address, though that has probably also been a result of the Home Depot mega breach.

There is no getting around it: The Internet is insecure, and the business model of the majority of its search, social media, and other service provides of providing services in exchange for taking our personal information, without fair and fully informed negotiation of a license from each user and the utter lack of the ability to bargain in a market with other alternatives, is morally repugnant and unjust and ought to be illegal, and it is manifesting the bad results of such an unjust and morally vile system, with, I fear, even worse results to follow for democracy, privacy, and misuse of our personal information.

So the Internet is insecure, and its dominant business model corruptly violates our privacy without our fairly negotiated consent to do so. And, after thus misappropriating our personal information, the incompetent scoundrels can’t even secure it against against other thieves. It stinks to high heaven.

I wonder that our same personal information from so many sources doesn't begin to lose its value. It must be that Google and Facebook and their ilk's misappropriation of our personal information has greater value, because they have more comprehensive and at least significantly different data which they can subject to more sophisticated mathematical and psychological analysis to more definitely identify and more intimately know each of us. I don't have any other explanation for why such an excess supply of the same data does not fall in value, as it apparently has not. But mustn't this excess of our personal data fall in value one day in the not too distant future?

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