Your privacy? You don't even want it according to Facebook founder
“When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.” -David Brin
People bang on about privacy all the time. Celebrities and politicians demand it and we scratch away at the resistance until we get the goods. Of course, our own personal privacy is something altogether different because we don't go out of our way to court the spotlight like they do.
Unless of course, you include our online presence.
It's this line of thinking - that essentially, anyone with an hefty(ish) online presence is asking for attention and thereby not fussed about privacy - that has prompted Facebook found Mark Zuckerberg claiming that people no longer have an expectation of privacy.
In The Guardian, they've reported that Zuckerberg's talk at the Crunchie awards in San Francisco this weekend, say the slip of a lad saying that privacy was no longer a "social norm".
"People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people," he said. "That social norm is just something that has evolved over time."
Zuckerberg said that the rise of social media reflected changing attitudes among ordinary people, adding that this radical change has happened in just a few years.
"When I got started in my dorm room at Harvard, the question a lot of people asked was, 'why would I want to put any information on the internet at all? Why would I want to have a website?'. Then in the last 5 or 6 years, blogging has taken off in a huge way, and just all these different services that have people sharing all this information."
It's hardly surprising that he should say that, given that Facebook recently changed the privacy settings of the 350 million users who use the site.
Of course, access to our info is how Facebook makes coins. Through Beacon, your activities are tracked online which targets ads at you personally. This controversial method of vending lead to a lawsuit for $9.5m.
All this, according to Zuckerberg, is how Facebook stays relevant: "A lot of companies would be trapped by the conventions and their legacies of what they've built. Doing a privacy change for 350 million users is not the kind of thing that a lot of companies would do. But we viewed that as a really important thing, to always keep a beginner's mind and what would we do if we were starting the company now and we decided that these would be the social norms now and we just went for it."
So yeah... you don't care about your privacy. Not a jot. Right? Speak to us in the comments about how right or wrong this all is.