Yes, we all have a lowered expectation of privacy in public. But lowered isn’t the same as nothing at all. There is a fundamental difference between observing someone else in public and recording them. There’s an even larger gap between recording something and uploading it to unknown numbers of people online, let alone sharing all the information associated with it – date, time, geo-location, and possibly facial recognition metrics – with the world’s most insatiable data glutton.
This is not a silly law about flags or an inane dispute about butter. This is about what happens to our data. This is about creating a seat belt for the Internet.
Debate is healthy. Debate is good. And now is the right time to have that debate – before this technology becomes ubiquitous and inescapable, not afterward. To belittle one side doesn’t help anyone except maybe Google. Really, they don’t need your help. They’re doing just fine without it.
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