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Do I want to be anonymous? Yes! Do I want to be authenticated? Yes!

March 2, 2010

Those of us who want to see more protections created for individual’s privacy rights are sometimes characterized as either troublemakers, nuts, or perhaps participating in some nefarious activity. As someone to whom privacy is important, I don’t fall into any of those categories.

As I write this, I am attending the 2010 RSA Security Conference in San Francisco. In his keynote address this morning Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President Trustworthy Computing (TwC), for Microsoft pointed out that there are times when we just want to be anonymous, such as for the purpose of encouraging free speech and the exchange of ideas. However, there are other times when we truly want to be authenticated, such as when we do online banking. When I am banking online I want to know it is truly my bank with whom I am interacting, and I want my bank to make sure they know who I am.

Privacy doesn’t have to be an all or nothing affair. In its simplest form, privacy is about balance.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2010 7:38 am

    About time there was a ‘Like’ button introduced to the blogging world, so nicely said, I really like this post and have nothing more to add :-)

  2. March 3, 2010 4:44 pm

    Received this comment via Twitter from @jimwhitman:

    @privacyresearch Privacy – a question of balance? Often too easy for the ‘balancers’ to be co-opted by powerful interests. We need rights!


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