What are your thoughts on online privacy rights-- both in terms of businesses and government?
How do you feel about government implementing some of the same technology used on news sites, retail sites and social media networks. Do you think its an invasion of privacy for anyone, business and/or government, to be using the information gathered while you search their webpage for customer profiling? How about using that same technology to implement things that retail websites use like live chats, where someone is there to offer assistance when you've been to a page multiple times in a given time frame. That would be really helpful for people who are trying to understand, oh I don't know, a new health care plan.
I really do think its a positive thing, but I've sat through many heated discussions for online privacy and that was even before the government was using the technology. So where do you stand on the topic?
I think that as long as companies and the government are not collecting data to send to other companies to spam your mail or email, then it is okay. I don't think customer profiling is necessary a good thing, a good example is a person visiting a website for a certain vitamin and then getting a bunch of spam from said website AND other companies based on them visiting that one website. I think as long as it is used in a helpful, non-harassing way, then it is okay. Because the internet IS PUBLIC, so privacy is NOT a guarantee, unless visiting a secure website.