August 6, 2010
If we needed any more reasons to be paranoid about web privacy, consider these statements from Eric Schmidt at the Techonomy Conference last Wednesday. CNET reports him noting that artificial intelligence can take 14 pictures of anyone from the Internet and more often than not accurately identify that person, and that location based services can often accurately predict where a person is headed. He suggests the only way to manage the challenges of technology is through "much greater transparency and no anonymity." I think the NSA and the people who manage Facebook probably agree with him.
That statement is likely to annoy the people at Privacy International even more when they were annoyedthat the U.K. government gave Google a pass on the Wi-Fi data the company "accidentally" collected through their Street View trucks. Those trucks are now back on the street in Old Blighty, sans Wi-Fi antennas. [MG]