In „Other people’s privacy“ beschreibt Nicholas Carr trefflich, wieso sich Eric Schmidt, Google („If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place“), Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems („You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.“) oder Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook („Privacy is evaporating as a social norm.“) zu dermaßen datenschutz- und privatsphärenfeindlichen Aussagen hinreissen lassen.
Reading through these wealthy, powerful people’s glib statements on privacy, one begins to suspect that what they’re really talking about is other people’s privacy, not their own. If you exist within a personal Green Zone of private jets, fenced off hideaways, and firewalls maintained by the country’s best law firms and PR agencies, it’s hardly a surprise that you’d eventually come to see privacy more as a privilege than a right. And if your company happens to make its money by mining personal data, well, that’s all the more reason to convince yourself that other people’s privacy may not be so important.