October 25, 2012

I think that one test of whether or not a way of dealing with something is good is if it can adapt to unanticipated situations.

I think that the policies and pages that I’ve previously written about listening to music are applicable without much revision to the situation on YouTube. My saying in previous writings that I don’t listen to particular things on YouTube for code purposes and my saying on the most recent page that I wrote about listening to music that people who try to communicate with me by sending things to the page where I’m listening to music are going to get what they get are, I feel, worth repeating at this time. To track someone on the Internet, to be looking at the page that they’ve gone to; that’s not the least invasive thing that someone could do, and I’m not sure that it’s legal to do it. It doesn’t seem as if it would be a bad idea for YouTube to create a venue where people can interact that way, so that they can do social networking with music, with a place to write text so that people aren’t confusing each other; I’m exempting that idea from the copyright on this page. YouTube or someone else can create that venue and the only thing I’ll ever say about it is “I’m glad you liked my idea.”

What I want to add today is that there are going to be times when people can get a reaction from me there, and I make no guarantees that they’ll know when they’re getting a reaction or if I’m just listening to music that I feel like listening to.

Videotaping people in the bathroom and in other places where it is reasonable for people to expect to have privacy is a much more serious privacy invasion than what’s been going on at YouTube.  It is also a much more serious privacy invasion than hacking someone’s phone.

Severity index of privacy violation:

–The situation at YouTube—Not good.  I do think that the way that it’s happening now is a violation of my privacy, and I also think that there’s a lot of potential for misunderstandings to happen.

–Hacking someone’s phone—A much more serious privacy violation than what’s been happening at YouTube.

–Videotaping people in the bathroom and in other places where it is reasonable for them to expect to have privacy—So horrible that it defies description.


Copyright L. Kochman, October 25, 2012 @ 2:22 p.m.