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Mozilla's Vice President: Trading Away Your Privacy

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Do you trust the National Security Agency or the Internal Revenue Service more than Google or Facebook? If so, you're not alone. A recent Reason-Rupe poll found that most Americans do not trust big tech companies. 

Mozilla's Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, Denelle Dixon-Thayer, says "data hygiene" should be something every new or established tech company should be thinking about. Dixon-Thayer sat down with Reason TV at the 2014 South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas this year. 

The interview was originally published on April 24, 2014. Orginal write-up below:

Don't trust Facebook or Google with your personal information? You're not alone.

A recent Reason-Rupe poll found that when it comes to their personal info, more Americans trust even the National Security Agency or the Internal Revenue Service over Google or Facebook.

Mozilla's Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, Denelle Dixon-Thayer, says "data hygiene" should be something every new or established tech company should be thinking about.

"Trust is our currency," said Thayer to Reason TV at the 2014 South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. "If we don't have the trust of our users then we actually aren't going to be successful as a company."
Dixon-Thayer says big data companies need to be upfront with users about who has access to their data, how long their data is stored, and do what they can to inform users of government data requests.

"With data, may come a reward, but also a substantial risk," says Dixon-Thayer, who points out that if you keep information for a long time your company becomes open to subpoenas and NSA requests.

"It's just thinking about what that data can do for you and when does it lose its value to you," says Dixon-Thayer

In October 2013, Mozilla endorsed the USA FREEDOM Act, which would have amended the PATRIOT Act and ended dragnet collection of phone data while providing more oversight of surveillance programs and the FISA court. The bill is pending in the house judiciary committee.

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  1. OT

    “Moreover, the power behind white privilege is its invisibility and the fact that its benefits are seamlessly integrated and interwoven into the fabric of institutions and systems that perpetuate from one generation to the next.”

    http://www.startribune.com/opi…..23991.html

    1. If original sin didn’t exist we’d have to invent it.

      1. I’ve never heard any of the ‘white privilege’ crowd even clearly define just what the fuck it even is. Let alone be able to explain how it works and the influence it has. It’s like ‘diversity'(not the evolution kind).

        1. From the quote in Notorious’s post, it is nebulous by design. It is whatever they say it is at any given moment.

        2. I’ve been told directly by.a justice warrior that a homeless white guy living in a dumpster has more privledge than Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama combined.

          I’ve taken to calling it “Chrmical X”

    2. seamlessly integrated and interwoven into the fabric of institutions and systems

      War on drugs

      Democrat party

      Teachers unions

      Local Protectionist bureaucrats and politicians that install regulations that prevent new competition against established players.

      Like these?

  2. Surprising amount of hysterical huffing and puffing about the “prisoner exchange” for the soldier in Afghanistan.

    We apparently have completely rejuvenated al quaida’s terror-making capabilities.

    Be afraid, America. Be AFRAID.

    1. Judging by the poisoning in the media reports, I wouldn’t be surprised if three of the five get a bullet to the head after being released.

  3. OT: Local hack writes disparaging editorial about local Koch refinery

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/a…..-books.php

    Turns out that hack’s PR firm has been trying for years to get the PR account with same refinery to tout how environmentally wonderful it is.

    1. But judging from its belching stacks and anti-utopian visage, one can figure out it is owned by the notorious Koch Brothers.

      Of course! It looks eeeeevil, so it must be owned by the Kochtopus!

      1. I like that they’ve taken to just coming out and openly admitting that’s the extent of their analytical depth.

      2. anti-utopian visage

        I laughed out loud at that.

    2. Koch Industries’ corporate ethos is to pollute the American landscape with impunity.

      Why do they have to get their impunity all over the place?

      I feel sorry for peolle who read that and can’t tell it’s just a fact-free hit piece.

  4. “….more oversight of surveillance programs and the FISA court.”

    So, more oversight from a secret court whose members, rulings and interpretations are secret. This fills me with confidence. It sure does.

    1. Oh it will be, Suthenboy. I assure you. We have top men working on it right now.

  5. If I can be assured that giving up some digital freedom will lead to toddlers getting burned by flash bang grenades, I’m in.

  6. Hey, but at least he didn’t donate to Prop 8 so it’s all good.

  7. Wtf is there a need for the USA FREEDOM Act?? And wtf was with the patriot act????

    Too bad there wasn’t a piece of paper that politicians swore an oath to that said: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    Only then could govt be restrained and limited!!! Oh what an idea, parade around the phrase limited government, and maybe even write a document with all kinds of limitations for them there politicians….that wil surely?secure the blessing of liberty for every individual!!!

    Oh wait, they tried such a thing….and the result of the experiment….like all govt’s are was and is chaos and failure.

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