Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion." The United States government defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion, except by us." Personally I prefer the former definition.
Dear Hackers: What did you get from assaulting my e-mail account? Nothing. No one fell for your foolish ploy. What did I get? I got an amusing day catching up with friends and the therapeutic opportunity to clean up my contacts.
I recently received two frightening politically inspired e-mails from friends, intended to sway the votes in this midterm election. The information was pure propaganda used to instill fear and manipulate voters.
Given Facebook's confusing privacy settings, "Download Your Information" seems like an apology to users. But it's not a particularly good one. It's as if FB made us chug beers until we puked on ourselves, but then handed us an Altoid.
In order to stay within budgetary parameters, many of the key provisions in the Act don't take effect until 2014 -- a full two years after the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world as we know it.