Friday, October 31, 2008

Bebo kids will value privacy when adults do

"When we tell kids to safeguard their privacy from everyone except governments, merchants, advertisers, entertainment giants, schools, Transport for London and parents, we tell them that we're not really serious about this stuff. Worse, when we allow our own private information to be taken by all these parties, we tell them that privacy is the cheapest coin of all. When BT secretly installs spyware in our browsers and captures all our clicks in order to serve ads to us, our lack of outrage tells our kids everything they need to know about the value of privacy.

"Kids do care about their privacy, but blatant hypocrisy in 'pro-privacy' campaigns triggers kids' lie detectors and sends them fleeing in the opposite direction. Give your kids honest, useful privacy information and watch them become deadly privacy ninjas — hope for a world in which citizens understand security and demand effective measures from their governments." —Cory Doctorow

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