Our Privacy

Thoughts — February 9, 2012

I’ve been reading a lot of Andy Grove lately. This quote, from an older Esquire interview, is particularly prophetic:

Privacy is one of the biggest problems in this new electronic age. At the heart of the Internet culture is a force that wants to find out everything about you. And once it has found out everything about you and two hundred million others, that’s a very valuable asset, and people will be tempted to trade and do commerce with that asset. This wasn’t the information that people were thinking of when they called this the information age.

Satisfying a customer should always be the primary goal of a business. It genuinely saddens me to learn of companies spending more time thinking about what they, rather than you, can do with your data.

Trust: So hard to build, yet so easy to destroy.

3 Comments

  1. With Facebook and partially also Google, Consumers are not the customer but the companies that buy the ads.

    Comment by David Treumann — February 9, 2012 @ 8:13 am
  2. I totally agree David.

    Comment by admin — February 9, 2012 @ 9:05 am
  3. Do you know the bio companies began to patent human genes. They claim our very DNA is not, ours.
    One case is winding its way through the courts now.

    Comment by Bonnie — December 6, 2012 @ 2:57 am

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