June 23, 2011, 12:57 PM — You know the biggest problem with online privacy? Online privacy policies.
As a concept, privacy isn’t difficult to grok. People should have control over their personal information and how it is used. If they don’t want it used, there should be a simple and permanent way to prevent that from happening. Period, full stop.
If you want people to understand privacy – and maybe not be either so blasé or so paranoid about how their data is being used – we need privacy policies that human beings can understand.
(Remember, this is a site where people confess to being overweight, addicted to drugs or alcohol, adultery, failure to floss, or any number of other personal shortcomings. Not the kind of thing you’d necessarily want buttered all over the InterWebs with your photo attached, or entered into a background check database.)