Spy vs Spy

Secrecy…

Spies…

Privacy…

Big data…

Data mining…

Experiential…

Retargeting…

Opt-in or opt-out…

Security…

Terrorism…

Death…

I just played a little free-word association and you can see where I landed: Start with secrecy – often the excuse for spying – and see where you end up.

Seems simple – the fear of death – as in getting killed by terrorists – seems to be a fairly good reason to allow unlimited “spying.”  But of course the follow-up is, how do I know where the listener begins and ends – how do I know who the listener will be in the future…assuming that I trust the current one to be ethical…and on and on.

And of course, does a better (define who defined “better”) shopping experience give anyone the right to take and use my data – and by the way, make money from it and from then selling access to me (think on that one) hmmm…not life and death, for sure, but still….

Seriously – try the free-word association – see if the outcome surprises you or is consistent with your position. In my case, I’d say consistent – but clearly there are issues….

And then of course, there is the question of secrecy – Government Privacy vs. Personal Privacy…which seems to be no longer personal, private or secret…and sadly, often by our own actions….

And I leave you with two thoughts to ponder.  Listen:

“Access to secret intelligence is one of the more potent aphrodisiacs of power.”
David Stafford

And while we know this to be true of people who work in government – it has clearly crossed over into business and into our language of engagement….

However – on the other hand:

From infancy on we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few.”
John Updike

And there you have it – the paltry and few up against big data. The paltry and few up against saving lives….

What do you think?

 

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