Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Letter Re "How Privacy Vanishes Online" -- NY Times

Steve Lohr's recent article on the privacy implications of data mining
social networks points out how social connections can be mined to find
out non-trivial and very private information. Taken to the
extreme we could imagine that a person's social connections or other
bits of information revealed
on-line could be correlated with other data and eventually lead to the
divulgence of "inappropriate" information: for instance, a seemingly benign stock
question might actually be perfectly correlated with say political
affiliation or sexual orientation. In the near future common
situations like job interviews may represent a moral minefield
in the nature and type of unintentional information disclosure.

Dov Greenbaum
Mark Gerstein

Unpublished letter in response to:
How Privacy Vanishes Online
Published: March 16, 2010

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