"Informing You Without Watching you."  @digitalprivacy, Sun 10/02:
Law professor Danielle Citron: ‘Privacy is essential to human flourishing’

Danielle Citron is a professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law, where she specialises in privacy and civil rights. You highlight, for example, that our internet search history is essentially in the public realm and could be purchased by any motivated party. We don’t viscerally appreciate the ways in which companies and governments surveil our lives by amassing intimate information about our bodies, our health, our closest relationships, our sexual activities and our innermost thoughts. Companies are selling this information to data brokers, who are compiling dossiers with about 3,000 data points on each of us, including if we have been rape victims, use sex toys or have had abortions or miscarriages. If you travel across state lines or go to another town and visit a health provider or an abortion provider, your phone’s location data circumstantially tells the story that you’ve gone to get an abortion. In the UK, the online safety bill hasn’t passed yet, so victims can’t bring suits against platforms for non-consensual pornography

At the core of your book is the concept of intimate privacy. It highlights how Section 230, a piece of US legislation that has been at the heart of debate about social media content moderation in recent years, protects this kind of content. But] today, perpetrators can post on sites in the UK and US with little to fear. We have clear empirical proof that the status quo is very costly to civil liberties and civil rights. Part of the book is legal and talking to industry, but it’s also a cultural issue, right?

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