If you don't have anything to hide you won't
mind being searched. Mind if I search your
Before you say something like "getting paper
envelopes and having my house searched by some
weirdo I know nothing about are entirely different."
I will say that they are not. I've known people
who've allowed me unsupervised into their home
after a wee bit of contact over the internet.
Just because you might not value something doesn't
mean that another person can't. I value my
privacy (I wouldn't want some odd xtian cult
tracking me down and egging/destroying my house
because they didn't like some anti-religious
remark I made, or some pro-vasectomy statement
I made), and I value my time (when I got my
newest phone, I was interrupted
at work on my cell phone 1-4 times a day by bill
collectors from the previous occupant. Sadly,
I still had to pay to get the number changed.
I don't want to be interrupted to tell someone
that I don't want to buy their product while I'm
at home or at work. I don't want my neighbors
to accidently get some junk mail in my mailbox,
as they'll assume there's a reason I'm getting
it (porn junk mail, "get out of debt" consolidators,
etc... even if you haven't used the services in the past,
your neighbors will think you have). Similarly
I wouldn't want my neighbors to accidentally get
my real mail in their box (at a mail boxes etc,
mail seems to be more likely to be delivered
correctly, and if it isn't, it goes to a semi-random
person, instead of someone I see face to face near daily).
I will consent to (muted) advertising while watching
TV, I understand that the adverts are why I don't
have to pay as much for content. I will consent
to seeing bill boards while in public areas. But
I will not consent to advertisers invading my time
in my home or at work.
Personally, I've never understood the people who
seem to be against privacy (of course, sometimes (often?)
they are only against other's privacy). Oh well,
I suppose anti-privacy duck talk is just similar
to anti-drug duck talk. All druggies are anchors
around society's neck and all privacy advocates
have something to hide.
Well, I guess I do have something to hide, and
I'm not even much of an advocate. I want to hide
my information. Others have no reason to need
it, and now thanks to the web, if I want to
give out my information I have a decent ability
to do so.
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