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What are your thoughts on the future of Internet privacy and government control of information?

John O'Grady Deputy CTO at BIGBIRD

October 10th, 2016

It is clear that companies and governments are after our privacy, today more than ever. Hiding behind a rising terrorist threat and various national security issues they are violating our privacy on every possible level. Do you think this could change in the near future? What are your thoughts on this?

Vanishree Rao Security Researcher at PARC

October 10th, 2016

Thanks for starting this discussion, John. With data becoming more and more equivalent to money, companies WILL grow more data hungry. So will the govt., since a suspect's data will continue to be more resourceful (because, people will continue to 'produce' more data). So it seems that in the future, the government and the companies will continue to collect more and more data.

 However, I suspect the way they use data might change, thanks to the growing cry of customers for privacy. For instance, Apple already wants to use all your iMessage/Spotlight/Facetime data, but together with the application of Differential Privacy: https://www.wired.com/2016/06/apples-differential-privacy-collecting-data/


Vanishree Rao Security Researcher at PARC

October 10th, 2016

Thanks for starting this discussion, John. With data becoming more and more equivalent to money, companies WILL grow more data hungry. So will the govt., since a suspect's data will continue to be more resourceful (because, people will continue to 'produce' more data). So it seems that in the future, the government and the companies will continue to collect more and more data.

 However, I suspect the way they use data might change, thanks to the growing cry of customers for privacy. For instance, Apple already wants to use all your iMessage/Spotlight/Facetime data, but together with the application of Differential Privacy: https://www.wired.com/2016/06/apples-differential-privacy-collecting-data/