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15Dec/152

Thoughts On Anonymity

Posted by Jeff Hendricks

Most people's opinions on anonymity are fairly polarized: either they love it, or despise it. And not so surprisingly, it's pretty easy to guess which group has not the most to hide, but the most desire to find out what others have to hide. And as anyone who reads here should know, I value protection of privacy greatly, even if I don't take advantage of it regularly for the sake of convenience.

The truth is, there is much more out there watching us than conspirators or the government. Every single thing you do on a computer is tracked and sold to marketing companies. Every time you turn your phone on, it leaves a digital paper trail. Your bank, your insurance company, your employer, your mortgage company, even your regular shopping trips, all track what you do.

So how do you balance convenience with security? Do you really want corporations, banks, and politicians knowing everything you do? Well, up front we don't. But our actions say otherwise. Privacy, as we know it, is dead.