The information is “all out there on the Web,” said Schmidt “Google just collects it.” Computers all over the world collect the information, “and if it’s really juicy there will be copies everywhere”.
The truth is network hubs make copies of information as bits and bytes that get transferred from one location to another. So even the one private email you sent to your secret friend isn’t private. There’s another copy floating out there in cyberspace.
The information is “all out there on the Web,” Schmidt told Colbert. “Google just collects it.” Read the full article….
My opinion if anyone cares…..
If you use the internet and sign up for newsletters, enter contests online or in a store, provide your phone number, name, address, or email to get discounts or promotional stuff, you’re in denial if you think your information is private.
With advertiser revenue shrinking and marketers trying to deliver only what you want to see, they use all sorts of information to ensure the advertisers dollars are best used. This means sharing of information. Not only do commercial retailers, web sites and large companies do this but so do government agencies and web sites. All “public records” are obtainable, searchable and viewable either for free or a fee.
If you don’t want your information showing up on the internet, I’d suggest the following:
- Don’t purchase a home (or at least not in your name). The deed is public record and is recorded as such. Use a trust or some other method of purchase (think about how celebrities do it) to keep the public record out of your name.
- Don’t open any bank accounts, get any loans, leases, utilities or establish credit of any kind in your name. Eventually your information will make it’s way into computers, once it’s in computers, the bits and bytes are there forever and copies are being made all over the world. It will be found some day.
- Don’t get arrested, don’t get involved in a law suit, don’t get married, don’t get divorced, don’t vote, don’t register to vote, don’t file any paperwork of any kind with any government agency.
Let’s face reality… that’s all pretty impossible. You would have to be completely “off the grid” for your name and information not to be in a computer somewhere. Either that or very wealthy or a government official of some sort. Since it seems that most privacy laws are aimed at protecting government officials; and celebrities just have a boat load of money and can pay people to hide all their stuff, privacy is really not for everyone.
As for you and I, we have to rely on ourselves. Want to remove your information from the internet, do your homework, be prepared to spend some time doing it if it really matters to you.
In the future, it will be important to have an online personality so people will conduct business with you. Even now, let alone 10 years from now, if you’re not on the internet people are less likely to trust who you are.
The more someone can find out, the more open you are, and less you have to hide, the more apt someone may be to do business with you, hire you and trust you. Bottom line is we are in a new era, industrial revolution move over.
Bottom line: If you fear privacy, think about what you’re afraid of. There are only two types of fear:
- The fear that you will lose something you have
- The fear that you won’t get something you want.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noah Wieder is CEO of SearchBug, Inc. and the founder of Best People Search. SearchBug.com offers a Free People Finder and Company Search as well as Data Scrubbing Services. Bestpeoplesearch.com is a private investigator portal and Information Retrieval Services web site where investigators offer searches to businesses and individuals with specific search needs.