Information Transparency

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Help Desk, by Christopher B. Wright

Comic Transcript: 

JUDGE: All right, let's get on with it.

VIKTOR SCHRECK: Very well, Your Honor. Sir, please explain the Federal Government's position on Ubersoft's privacy policy.

FED: The Government believes Ubersoft's privacy policy is an innovative stance that should be studied and adopted by all companies.

FED: Only by making personal data available to all will we be able to effectively fight off domestic and international threats. Information transparency is the only way to ensure national security.

JUDGE: What's your name, son?

FED: That information is classified.


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Why has no one done this yet?

Next time some government agency or large corporation is in court about privacy laws, the other side should conduct the most invasive background check legally possible on the opposition. And by "legally possible" I mean be sure to raise at least three other points that could stand to be aired out in court.

Then, during cross examination, start asking the witness if they'd be willing to disclose how many times they've visited that offshore-hosted photo sharing site. Or whether their wife knows about the one-night hotel charge on day three of that last conference in Aspen. And go after the lawyers, too. And hell, why not the judge -- depending on how he seems to be leaning.

They want transparency, someone ought to give it to them.