Its My Privacy, or Is It? (and What It Means for Our Students)
Aug 17, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Vicki Davis describes a service called Imtellus that sells detailed personal information, everything from phone and social security numbers to maps, criminal record checks, credit reports and more. "It relates in every sort of way. Stalking just got a whole lot easier as did predatory behavior. It means that our children's and our own names have become even more important!" What I think is important to remember is that this information has always been available, it has just become cheaper to access. Your children aren't suddenly in more danger and you are not suddenly at greatly increased risk of identity theft. And I don't think we can create secrets out of things like our names, our addresses and our phone numbers (much less things like criminal records). People always think that greater barriers will protect them - but in my experience, the societies with the most crime always seem to be the societies with the most - and the highest - walls. Total: 7349
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Re: Its My Privacy

If you dig a bit you'll see that this company has purchased 50 million cell phone numbers -- numbers that are NOT currently available. And a whole lot of information harvested from websites that people have entered themselves. It is this combination that is most bothersome to me. My cell phone should be private as should information that I put in on a website.

This brings us right back to digital literacy and teaching students to be careful when giving away their own information -- it may never go away! [Comment] [Permalink]

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