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DataPortability before Privacy puts the cart before the horse

Paris and Lindsay’s private photos are all over Valleyway this morning. The photos were obtained via a Yahoo! hack that allowed Valleywag to access the girls private areas on MySpace. The folks at the Wag have used this as an opportunity to take a swipe at Data Portability, calling it wrongheaded.

Perhaps Data Portability is wrongheaded, or perhaps not. However since there are no privacy standards, legislated or fiat, there are no guarantees that can be made that your personal data, once it has migrated from one service to another, can be adequately protected by the recipient service. Moreover, who are the other parties in Paris and Lindsay’s pics, and is their privacy being violated also?

Perhaps before working on data portability, MySpace, Yahoo! et al should focus on getting privacy right.

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