Privacy - Managing the flow of sensitive information
Privacy invokes the protection of sensitive information as it flows throughout an organization. F-Secure has an interesting article related to the psychology of this process. Users may think that information has no real cost, while corporations may setup elaborate controls on the fiscal side:
F-Secure: Privacy is a way of managing information flow
QUOTE: Why are people so willing to give away their personal information to complete strangers? It's because humans want to share information. And in fact, they share information a lot more freely than other "things" such as goods and services. Which of these are you most likely to provide without thinking much about it?
• To give a stranger directions to the bus stop (information).
• To take a stranger to the bus stop (service).
• To give a stranger bus fare (goods).
If you're like most people, you'll freely give directions, but you'll resist giving away your money. "Managing our privacy" isn't a natural act. What maintained our privacy in the past was that it was generally inconvenient to spy on people. Platforms such as Facebook present a new unique problem and new solutions (filters) are needed, rather than to re-tool old existing filters.