Security expert Bruce Schneier’s recent article for Forbes, “Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them,” provides insight into a number of privacy topics. Schneier described how private tech companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook and government entities want your data to be secure – but only from their competitors. Schneier said private companies use your data for proprietary gain, and the government uses your data for “security purposes.”
The most interesting part of Schneier’s piece was his final paragraph. Here, he explained how he would solve the privacy problem:
… any long-term security solution will not only be technological, but political as well. We need laws that will protect our privacy from those who obey the laws, and to punish those who break the laws. We need laws that require those entrusted with our data to protect our data. Yes, we need better security technologies, but we also need laws mandating the use of those technologies.
For more from Bruce Schneier, you can read his blog “Schneier on Security” or new book, “Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World.