Editors' note: This is a guest column. See Larry Downes' bio below.
It's been a bad week for those, like me, who feel the debate over data privacy too often casts information businesses as evil Halloween monsters, determined to terrorize and humiliate their customers just for the fun of it.
On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission held the first of three conferences on privacy and technology, at which a parade of consumer advocates and legal scholars warned of an imminent data apocalypse.
Recent events seemed, alas, to support that view. Sprint, for example, reported that over the last 13 … Read more