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editor’s note

What cost privacy? As we enter an era when, it seems, IT allows us to do almost anything in terms of how we interact with our fellow human beings, the big issue is no longer ‘What is possible?’ but ‘What is permissible?’ In the same way that plenty of sportsmen and women maintain that sport and politics are not related (despite the evidence of history to the contrary), it may be that many folks working in the IT industry feel that they do not need to bother themselves with how their technology is being used right now, or in the future. The Internet of Things promises many things – most of which can be viewed as positives – but there’s no doubt that there are some very real privacy issues at stake.

In ideal world, the market will decide, and if enough of us get fed up with online retailers trying to second guess our preferences based on what we recently purchased or, worse still, what somebody else recently purchased that seems to be related to our own interests (and also forgetting that we might often use their sites to purchase things for other people, whose interests we definitely don’t share!), then maybe these retailers will take notice and tone down their crude and irritating attempts to cross-sell.

Somehow, I doubt it. Especially as it’s more than likely that these online stores will get fewer and bigger and we’ll end up needing them more than they need us. And are governments likely to act, when they can gather more and more information about all their citizens, and hide behind the threat of terrorism when anyone complains?

There’s no doubting the excitement and power of the technology developments we’re witnessing right now, with the promise of more to come. It would just be nice to think that the inventors and their customers spare at least a nodding glance in the direction of privacy issues before Mr Orwell’s Big Brother prediction comes to pass, albeit 30 or so years later.

Phil Alsop Editor


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