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Integrity - use of values or principles to guide action in the situation at hand.

Below are links and discussion related to the values of freedom, hope, trust, privacy, responsibility, safety, and well-being, within business and government situations arising in the areas of security, privacy, technology, corporate governance, sustainability, and CSR.

Wiretap Ruling Could Signal End of E-Mail Privacy, 2.7.04

Wiretap Ruling Could Signal End of E-Mail Privacy

While it is likely that some privacy advocates will bemoan this ruling, it is more of a codification of what most tech-savvy people already know - sending e-mails is like sending postcards. They pass through too many hands, and are too easily visible, to be regarded as a private communication.

Most of us benefit from 'privacy through obscurity' because no one is looking for our particular e-mails, and because most people who CAN look at e-mails are either too busy, too ethical, or both to do so.

What does this mean?

  • Get over it. E-mail was designed in a different time. It is NOT secure.

  • Pay attention to what you are saying. Say NOTHING in an e-mail that you won't mind having repeated in open court.

  • Investigate secure collaboration technologies. Both of Ray Ozzie's creations (Lotus Notes and Groove) provide ways to establish secure collaboration networks. There are others.

  • If you design your business processes and communications appropriately, then you will have little to fear from court decisions such as this, given how far behind technology the courts usually lag.


      This is not in regards to your post. I couldn't find an email link and felt you needed to know that I absolutely cannot read your blog while my mouse pointer has become some wild animated clock. It is distracting, annoying and has stopped me from taking the time to read your site.

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    "We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure. But these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not principles. We can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves. We can resolve the clash of interests without conceding our ideals. And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation.
    Compromise need not mean cowardice. .."

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy, "Profiles in Courage"


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