richmorehave wrote:Political Correctness
Fred Barclay wrote:
I've got a slightly different opinion than you on this. (MODS: I'm not trying to get into politics here, but if you feel I cross the line feel free to edit/delete as needed.
Based on my study of America, it was founded on 3 specific rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Then in the Bill of Rights, you were guaranteed other specific rights, such as freedom of religion, freedom from unreasonable
searches and seizures, freedom of the press, freedom to keep and bear arms, freedom of trial by a jury of your peers, and so on. I don't recall "privacy" being mentioned anywhere.
Now of course, you could make the case that privacy is guaranteed by the freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures ("unreasonable" of course being highly subjective.) Is this what you're basing it on?
Personally, I define an unreasonable (no quotation marks needed here) search as one being performed without any evidence whatsoever indicating that a crime was committed. That would be my criteria for determining whether or not a government
entity that had jurisdiction illegally broached my privacy. My criteria for determining whether or not a non-governmental entity illegally did so? That they did so. I've noticed, BtW, that corporate entities haven't suddenly stopped complaining - and taking legal action! - whenever someone else copies THEIR data. Think about that one, folks.
This might be informative:
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/f ... ivacy.html
BtW, that "pursuit of happiness" phrase seems to be vastly misunderstood - and not just by the unwashed masses, either. It's not a specific guarantee that any particular person will have any specific tangible thing. It's not an allowance for people (one person, a small group, or everyone) to justify their own little pet enthusiasm, either. [WARNING: Opinion ahead, lol.]
IMHO, when the general public started misunderstanding these things, that's when my country started it's slide into the porcelain chair.
Whoever (and, by now, it has been several people) stated that Microsoft has given itself the ability - and attempted to give itself the right
be illegal, in that it refers to what could be construed as an illegal act - at least in some nations/jurisdictions) - to "own" your data, and that this is clearly and plainly wrong, you have the right of it. The fact that the majority of the uses that they have for said data are profit-based is completely irrelevant. IDK what is so difficult to understand about that, but given the number of posts in that vein and allowing for the fact that a certain percentage of such posts could be trolling in nature... I don't really know how to state the concept any clearer, don't know how to get the point across using less complex language / even simpler words than have already been used, but continuing to make the attempt has become akin to yelling at a brick wall to move, lol. So... Have fun; I'm sorry that I won't still be participating in this thread when its anniversary date rolls around, but I've got more productive things to do.