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Re: Fb Privacy Study Shows Why You Gave Up On Keeping Your Data
Focusing on the original topic, I suspect the root issue is normal user ignorance (not said as a slur, but as a description of a simple lack of knowledge and perspective). Many social network users fail to understand the potential ways that various elements of seemingly innocuous information can be assembled, cross-correlated, and successfully mined or abused. Consequently, they fail to grasp the implications of various details of privacy protection.
Giving such users more detailed privacy-setting choices actually gives them more opportunity for misunderstanding what they're doing, and more risk of making certain important settings out of ignorance. All this, while it provides to such users the descriptive illusion that they're "in control". But if they don't understand what the various settings can and cannot do and what the various privacy details may actually expose and not expose, there's no way they're truly "in control." And there are social network operators more than willing to exploit this kind of ignorance to enhance their bottom lines, particularly because data-mining of users is how their real money is made.
"Choice" can be a wonderful thing, but only if one has an understanding of what the various choices really represent. Moreover, in the presence of ignorance, "Choice" can be more easily manipulated to make poor choices sound as if they're good.
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money. A. de Tocqueville