Slow Privacy

With the recent developments concerning the NSA… we have to have a big, unified, and thorough discussion on privacy.

Slow privacy.

The difference between privacy and “slow” privacy lies in how anything concerning the privacy of the citizens of our country is presented.

Take Facebook for example… they push the boundaries of our privacy all the time.  They’ll come out with a feature, seemingly wait to get push back on that feature if it violates our idea of privacy… then finally make a change.

It’s a process.

That’s “regular” privacy.

Slow privacy would be the same scenario, but instead of Facebook just pushing out a feature, and trying to push its version of privacy on the world… instead they go more slowly… and listen to the community FIRST, to see if that feature is even necessary or could be improved in a “beta” mode that doesn’t affect the 1 BILLION accounts in that community.

Go slowly.

Slow privacy ALSO pertains to giving us, the users, the consumers… a means to set boundaries that ALL companies, media, Government etc… MUST abide by.  A set of “privacy terms” for us as users.

Because let’s face it, every one of us is different in our expectations of privacy… some people are willing to reveal more, and some less, of ourselves online and offline.  These terms would also immediately establish ownership of said data (like emails, posts, etc…).

So, these terms would tell other companies EXACTLY how they can use our data, if we want to be private… we can be.  If we don’t, we don’t have to be.

Just because people want their privacy, doesn’t mean they want to hide anything, and actually privacy establishes these “terms.”