Every time there is an update by one of the big players (Google, facebook etc) to their privacy policies, a series of blog posts come around about how bad it all is etc etc. BUT _ I think things are getting a little more serious this time around with Googles recent announcements. I think the message is starting to get out to the wider online population and not just us paranoid webmasters / seos / site buyers etc.
I mentioned in another post how scary it is the number of organisations that have our private data; just from signing up to online accounts here and there to test things or look at new services and then we never go and delete the accounts, or forget about them or worse there isn't an option to delete the account. As I said in the other post i was looking at my password manager and it is scary how just through the course of doing my work there are literally hundreds of places my data is stored across the web.
I really do feel that online privacy debates are going to move from the noise we see now to a major blow up - logically it simply has too - our data is simply everywhere in an uncontrolled, un-managed, un-policed, non standardised way - that data is replicated via backups, downloadable by sys admins, accessed by customer service agents etc. a scary mess and the data is getting oh so much more personal than it ever has with the rise of social networks and the likes of google then using that data across ALL of their services.
Techcrunch published this article last night - which adds a new angle to the future personal data 'account management'.
I am certainly a lot more careful as to what I do now in terms of signing up for things, starting new accounts etc. But, for example Google has us over a barrel somewhat - great products (for the most part) worked into daily life (Google apps / mail / analytics / adsense) - and now - share your data or get lost is their message. Serves me right i guess. Never build a business on platforms you cant control. Lesson learned.
What are your thoughts ?