The Language of Privacy


Tim Grayson, who I met years ago at the very first Digital ID World, has written a well thought-out post on the language barriers we have in discussing privacy. He says: "some of the intractable challenges of identity (especially the non-technical notions of information "ownership," privacy, and so forth) are the direct result of having the wrong language for dealing with digital identity." His post is a response to the recent finding by the Canadian Privacy Commissioner that ads stuffed in with bank statements constituted an invasion of privacy. That's the problem with things like Privacy Commissioners (and other bureaucrats): they have to do something to feel like they're accomplishing something.