June 8th, 2006

run the fuck away

Privacy Inverse

Privacy is a very important right as a citizen. But privacy, and reality? I think that, in the future, they won't be such good friends. I'm not sure that I can muster the outrage over the loss of privacy that some people can- but I can muster plenty of outrage over government snooping. There's a difference between the two.

If the Government has someone checking my phone records without probable cause, that's a violation of the contract between me and the Government. Governments, when given too much power, do bad things. History has demonstrated that the more powerful the Government, the greater the abuses of that power. Government snooping goes beyond violating my privacy.

But my privacy is violated in other ways, that have nothing to do with the Government. Any time I walk into a store, my image is recorded. Any time I make a purchase, that's logged (I almost always use my debit card). Every piece of information about my life is available to someone- and there's certainly some risks of that information being misused.

It's late, and I'm trying to express my grand plan here, and I'm not getting cogent sentences. Bear with me. I'm going someplace with this.

You see, there's nothing WRONG with my being photographed every time I walk into a store. It's their store. They can do that. People can put security cameras on their buildings and photograph people on the street- and I can photograph the buildings. On the street, in a store, you don't have a reasonable expectation of privacy. And as more and more areas become public, the zones of privacy are going to shrink. This could be bad, but something tells me that in the long run- this will turn into something good. That's a hunch that I don't have any real evidence to support just yet, but I'm going to start an UNPRIVACY CRUSADE.

I'm putting my money where my mouth is, I'm going to find more and more ways to record my life (that don't involve me doing much work to record it). For starters, I'm going to put my call-log online. I'm using bluetooth to automatically record this information, so it will only work when I'm in range of my computer, but the vast majority of my calls will go up there, since I'm rarely out of range of my laptop. You can view my phone history in your browser here and subscribe to it via iCal or Outlook here.