Privacy Appliance is Anything But
Sturdevant: Policies, projects that destroy privacy are antithetical to needs of businessWork is under way at Xerox Corp.s PARC that should be vehemently opposed by IT leaders. The results of this PARC project will hurt consumer trust in corporate data privacy protections, a subject thats already ripe for a consumer backlash. Project Genisyspart of the federal governments Total Information Awareness programis developing a "privacy appliance." In this case, the name is Orwellian double talk worthy of "1984." The Project Genisys privacy appliance is designed to facilitate "fishing expeditions," defined in part by Blacks Law Dictionary as an overly broad use of the discovery process during an action. In this case, the so-called privacy appliance is an even more egregious infringement of privacy rights because search results are in response to concocted scenarios, not to specific legal actions.
Every privacy agreement Ive studied has a clause that states that stored data will be shared with law enforcement when required by law. And these privacy appliances are about to make widescale probing of consumers and business partners come to pass. Think Watergate and then think of government officialswho pass into and out of corporate boardroomsgetting a peek at some nice, juicy competitive data. It will be the Dunn & Bradstreet report on steroids.