National ID System Replaced by Facebook
I’m always writing about privacy and my recommendations on protecting your personal information. The success of social networks like Facebook has proven that most people really don’t care about privacy. The same people who may have signed a petition against a National ID number now share their info willingly with applications on Facebook.
On July 26th, 2006, the American Civil Liberties Union released a brilliant video on how our sensitive information may be used in the future. I’m certain I laughed my ass off the first time I saw it. Little did I know how close to reality it might be in just a few years. It seemed like a joke at the time but watching it now I have a completely different opinion. Instead of fearing a government, we should watch out for the companies who have partnered with Facebook.
The purpose of this video was to help the ALCU in their fight against a National ID system. While it was designed to be a warning, this video can now be used as an example for creating a great social application interface.
I’m as guilty as many sharing my information although I do have my limits. Unless there’s a good reason I won’t be broadcasting my location especially when we’re on vacation. I won’t accept invitations that allow unknown companies free access to information I think I’m sharing with just my friends. As the owner of WinPatrol, so much of my information is public that it’s hardly worth worrying about. Ironically, having multiple sources know my information can even be useful.
How about you? Have your thoughts changed since you first viewed this video years ago? Does it create fear or does it inspire you to create a new product that might utilize a users available information?