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Submission + - Privacy theater - new term by Ed Felten (

cheros writes: Commenting on Facebook, Ed Felten has come up with a new term to describe the current attitudes to privacy that is brilliant in its simplicity: privacy theater.

It builds on the term Bruce Schneier defined to identify pretend security measures such as most of TSA's efforts: they don't do anything to make you safer, it makes you feel better. Ditto for your privacy, "privacy theater" describes measures that appear to do something for your privacy, while they are actually aimed at stopping you complaining about it.

Brilliant — so far, the best new expression for 2010..

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Privacy theater - new term by Ed Felten

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