jimji - 4:19 am on Jun 28, 2012 (gmt 0)
anallawalla, you have made a point that is a key for me. I have become quite the activist at times because I think there is something much deeper involved in these matters.
I cannot understand how our rights in the brick-and-mortar world are not supposed to be transferred to the Net world.
If something is illegal in the brick-and-mortar world, why is it not illegal in the Net world.
Years ago when I first read some sales agreement I was asked to sign by some software company that stated they were not responsible for damage their software might cause to my computer I was astounded.
I just couldn't understand how the top legal folks were allowing that to be. GM, Toyota, Fiat, etc. are surely not allowed to sell cars with a sales agreement that states if the engineering of the car is found to cause accidents the manufacturers are not liable. I couldn't understand why the double standard, but I learned why. It still is a horrible thing, in my view.
The same reasons why that is allowed is also why privacy rights are not properly protected on the Net. Why companies can pull stunts like, 'We're issuing you a new User Name that will also be your email account and publishing that email account's identifying features to the rest of the world. And we are not particularly concerned about any legal ramifications by doing this because the lawmakers think this is all a big joke, anyway.'
And that is it in a nutshell, folks. THE LAWMAKERS! They do not give a darn unless there are taxes to be levied or a big cheese of a citizen in their voting district complains to them about some aspect of the Net.
Heck, Google, Inc. is making lots of money from the United States government to help them spy on people all over the world. That is a fact. folks.
In addition, I don't really think the younger folks that are so common on the Net these days really understand what's going on. I don't think the younger folks really understand what privacy means. I don't think they understand that sometimes some serious effort has to be put into stopping the taking away of our hard earned rights. We're heading back toward past days when governments did just about anything they wanted.
We're heading back toward the days of the big landowners doing whatever they wanted to those living on their land, and the people living on the land of the big landowners had no protection from the governments that had some control over the landowner.
These days that "land" is the Internet. And we are those same peons of ages ago and we ain't got no rights, to speak of. We be the New Age Peons. Make no mistake about it. We ain't #*$! in the eyes of those big "landowners".
Sorry to all members reading my two recent posts. Stuff like this makes me very angry. Facebook should learn a lesson from what they've done, but they obviously studied the issue before they did it and as they went ahead and did it they feel they are within their rights and can get past the howl without too much trouble. And they assumed most folks won't even think they did any wrong. It's the way things are on the Net these days. These big "landowners" are going to keep pushing and pushing and if the lawmakers don't stop them, nobody will. And the more the big "landowners" get away with the bolder they will become. Who will stop them, if the goverment doesn't?