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Fallacies About Privacy

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  1. Jim Graves says:

    The AOL privacy “study” has another serious flaw: the survey asked if people guard their income details, then asked for an income bracket. That proves nothing.

    We need to move beyond this sort of half-baked “gotcha!” security study. We know people will give (something that sounds like, but might not actually be) their passwords for chocolate. We know they’ll pick up CDs and USB drives off the ground and put them in their computers. It’s not because they’re dumb, it’s because they’re people, and we’re still trying to figure out how to design decent security systems for actual people.

  2. David Morgan says:

    It should also be noted that not all the information that people “reveal” is accurate. I am not sure how often people complete web forms using misleading/incorrect personal information, but I suspect it is common practice.