About privacy: Is it truly public? What is wise to share? (some notes) (main)
- ***HOW TO READ THIS SITE***: all text, including links (usually), *is* part of the content to read, and after that, you click for more details: outlined.
- I.e., why saying "I don't care about privacy because I don't have anything to hide" can be a dangerous fallacy.
- A possible summary
- Only share things whose future security (and confidentiality) you don't need to control.
- Keep in mind cost vs. benefit or risk: some protections are simple and reduce risk, others might be too costly to be worth it so having a fallback could help.
- What could an enemy (anyone who wants you to fail) use against you? Things about you that make life harder at all, for those w/ whom they disagree?
- Can it be used for ID theft (i.e., someone sells your house while you're on vacation, incurs debts/crimes in your name, falsely damages your reputation, ...)?
- Is it already public anyway? Much is.
- The more someone knows about you, the more it can be used to manipulate you for *their* purposes, which might not be to your benefit.
- Consider: From whom do you need to keep your info safe? (Ex., SSNs etc etc from ID thieves, or from malicious persons in highly-funded organizations?
- (those are different risks in terms of relevant content and ability. There are others, it is the question to keep in mind as the world changes.)
- Some things are simply irrelevant or harmful to others: for example, a personal disagreement in process of being resolved.
- Or nonpublic info that betrays possible weaknesses that could be used to harm persons or families (unfortunately that happens).
- So, privacy does matter. (Though realistically, it is increasingly difficult to maintain, which we can accept, and having a clear(ed) conscience does help.)
- And please note that "power corrupts", so when there is any concentration of power that adds risk...
- It is probably worth taking steps to avoid identity theft, for oneself and one's dependents.
- Slashdot discussion: "Can A Lack of Privacy be Weaponized?" (I havent really read it thoroughly yet, sometimes these are profane, with mixed quality.)
- general fraud avoidance (main)
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