Dr. Yes wrote:
Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Yes View Post
I am also uncomfortable with this idea. Otis pointed out correctly that stuff is potentially easily disseminated on the internet anyway, through a variety of means (e.g. add-ons in Firefox, etc etc) -- however, that doesn't mean we should add to that potential.
My concern about privacy is based on the documented activities of various disability insurers and legal representatives who, in medical cases incl. lawsuits, have been known to use thorough internet searches to find evidence against individuals. I (naively, I suppose) have put out quite a lot of personal information on this forum, and have been regretting it of late (I will ask to have my first name deleted from several posts by others, but I can't find them all)... I have at least one legal battle potentially on the horizon and am not sure how to deal with this issue without going back and deleting partial or entire posts and asking others to delete quotes from same. [If those members are still active!] So the additional linking feature compounds an existing problem, as far as I am concerned.
Some members are not so anonymous, as there are specific bits of personal information in our posts which are unique, or almost unique, to us and would make it relatively easy for someone to establish our identity. Yes, the initial mistake was ours for putting that information there (my defense is ignorance; I'm new to this Interweb thing ), but now that it's out there the concerns exist.
I think Otis is also right that Google is essentially a larger problem... which is why many members were asking to make part or all of the Community Lounge private (I believe some said it would be Google-proof; if it is, I still think that would be a good idea).
I agree with Maarten that the members should be consulted and duly notified before such decisions are made about this site. I also would appreciate Cort's answer to Maarten's questions about legal ownership of the content of our posts.
Originally Posted by Cort
Another fine answer, Cort: That's the spirit! Thank you very much indeed!
I'll be back later with some quotes that also concern Dr. Yes's concerns, that are also on the top of my mind since reading about linking in Facebook etc. from this forum as a matter of course:
My concern about privacy is based on the documented activities of various disability insurers and legal representatives who, in medical cases incl. lawsuits, have been known to use thorough internet searches to find evidence against individuals.
And the quotes I'll later offer are about the present commercial 'information-gathering' a.k.a. 'commercial personal data-mining' a.k.a. 'spying' on the internet , that are quite frightening and not by far as well known as they deserve to be, and are mostly happening secretively, behind one's back, for lack of legislation for the internet, and may be a danger for decades to come, for some.
More later about this, but most of this "hornet's nest!", in Cort's words, seem to have been solved in principle at least for the members of this forum - which is a relief to me, albeit that the dangers I just spoke of keep existing just as much.
So more about this later,
Maarten (relieved ).