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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontological issues relative to privacy.

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From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:24:01 -0500
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On 1/19/14 12:08 PM, John F Sowa wrote:
> When we're talking about privacy, it's essential to ask about privacy
> from whom for what purpose.
> Most of this thread has addressed privacy from snooping by governments.
> But many corporations are *more* powerful than most governments, and
> they gather *more* information about us than any government.  For
> example, just look at the three major credit unions.
> Even small businesses can abuse the system.  The horror stories are
> frightening.  Actual example:  Person X buys something online from
> vendor Y, who spams X with requests for a glowing review.  But X
> writes an honest review that shows the shortcomings.
> So vendor Y demands that X change or delete the review. But X refuses.
> Then Y charges X a penalty (which is stated in the fine print of the
> contract and agreed to by a mouse click) for the "inaccurate" review.
> X refuses to pay.  So Y keeps adding more interest and penalties to
> the charge, reports X to the credit unions, and ruins X's credit.
> I have little trust in governments, but I have a huge negative trust
> in corporations.  Even corporations that do their best to be honest
> can be hacked by a thief or betrayed by a disgruntled employee.
> John
>    (01)

Yep!    (02)

The issues associated with mistakenly or outright false Identity are 
scarey beyond description. I am even afraid (literally) to make public 
examples of how Identity misrepresentation could turn the entire 
"innocent until proven guilty" doctrine on its head!    (03)

--     (04)

Regards,    (05)

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