No doubt, it’s technology that challenges our information privacy. There is no new news here – the telegraph, telephone and the camera each have a rich history in disrupting privacy norms and expectations. The Internet is simply the most recent challenger – but what a challenger it is! And now that mobile devices combine camera, telephone and Internet access, we are left seriously wanting for leadership and guidance in the policies and practices designs necessary to maintain personal control of personal information.
We will again ask the hard questions and support the pursuit of reasonable, practical answers.
- What do hardware and software developers have to know to design and produce privacy-sensitive products and services?
- In what ways can technology actually enhance our privacy without limiting our access to valuable, even necessary, services?
- Can technology utilize its power and influence to educate individuals about their choices in providing more or less personal information in exchange for goods and services?
- Are there limits to technologies ability to intrude into our lives? Should there be?