October 29, 2012

Why We Need Fake IDs Online

Steffan Heuer & Pernille Tranberg, Daily Dot

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Why care about privacy? You have nothing to hide, right? And you're not remotely interesting, so why should anybody want to keep an eye on you? Because information about the real you online is valuable to more than just hackers and scammers—it's becoming the very fuel driving the economy. Concrete information on each and every one of us is worth literally billions. There will be blood in the race to tap it.

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