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Privacy Digest 3.25 12/23/94




PRIVACY Forum Digest     Friday, 23 December 1994     Volume 03 : Issue 25

          Moderated by Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com)
            Vortex Technology, Woodland Hills, CA, U.S.A.
	
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CONTENTS 
	What's wrong with customized service?  (Phil Agre)
	Re: Orwell, 499 channels, and where privacy begins
           (Christopher Zguris)
        Re: Where privacy begins (Jeremy Grodberg)
	Nosy lawyers (Joseph A. Drain)
	Regarding Web Servers and Stats collection (Neil Briscoe)
	Caller-ID harassment syndrome (Paul Baclace)
	Re: How to stop invasion of privacy (Robert A. Rosenberg)


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VOLUME 03, ISSUE 25

   Quote for the day:

	"He knows when you've been sleeping.
	 He knows when you're awake.
	 He knows if you've been bad or good.
	 So be good for goodness sake!"

		-- No, no, not a quote from "1984" about "Big Brother",
		   but of course a few lines from the popular 
		   holiday song, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".
		   Hmmm, that jolly old guy has quite an operation
		   going there...

			Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

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Date:    Sat, 17 Dec 1994 13:14:50 -0800
From:    Phil Agre <pagre@weber.ucsd.edu>
Subject: What's wrong with customized service?

The message by Michael McCarthy <mac@advanced.com> in response to 
Jerry Leicter (who, I believe, had been responding to me) illustrates, 
I think, an increasing and very unfortunate tendency to trivialize real
privacy issues, and I think it's important to consider carefully how his
argument works.  Although I would prefer to include his entire message
in my commentary, I doubt if the readers of Privacy Digest would approve
of this, so I have selected particular passages to show the outline of
his argument.

    Date:    Wed, 7 Dec 1994 16:14:51 -0800
    From:    mac@Advanced.COM (Michael McCarthy)
    Subject: What's wrong with customized service?

    ... we may be expending effort to control a trivial aspect of
    privacy when so many vital areas of privacy are under seige.

This may be taken as Mr. McCarthy's thesis, that privacy in commercial
transaction records is a trivial issue.

    I had a coworker who was infuriated because the owner of the local
    sandwich shop greeted him every day by name. ... My coworker was
    something of a snob, and felt the shop owner beneath him.

He begins with a story about bad feelings and business information.
The story is not being told simply for its intrinsic interest, but as a
proposed paradigm of concerns about business' knowledge about customers.
He has chosen a highly unappealing character whose complaint is (so far
as we can determine from the story) trivial in nature.  Note that the 
story has nothing to do with the concerns that people actually have
about, for example, the use of personal information to cause harm.

    I suspect that the hatred of businesses knowing more about you in
    order to serve you more specifically is not really as widespread as
    assumed in places like the Privacy Forum. 

No evidence is presented here, just a suspicion backed up by nothing
except the story about the unappealing snobbish fellow.  He could have
gone looking for evidence, and he might have found widespread anger
against practices, for example, of credit companies.  (See, for example,
Jeff Smith's book "Managing Privacy", in the vicinity of page 149.)

    I see an undercurrent of elitism and disdain for mere commerce inthe
    criticisms -- businesses are acting "too familiar."

Here is the really outrageous part.  From an unsympathetic story and 
an evidence-free suspicion, he jumps to a huge and ugly generalization.
Listen to it carefully: "elitism and disdain for mere commerce".
Privacy advocates are assimilated to the snobbish guy with the 
trivial complaint.  And on what evidence?  An "undercurrent" that
Mr. McCarthy "sees".  But sees where?  And by what signs?  The 
rhetoric is really very sophisticated: privacy advocates are placed 
on one side, as a snobbish elite, set against commerce, which is
supposedly looked down upon in general, as a class, and the general
populace, who are supposedly "assumed" by these elitists to share the
"hatred of businesses knowing more about you in order to serve you 
more specifically".  These are ugly slurs, and -- I repeat -- they are
presented with no supporting evidence at all.

    Let us consider what the average person, of any stripe, truly hates:
    junk mail -- misaddressed, mislabeled, and especially about things
    we are totally uninterested in.

Is this *all* that the "average person, of any stripe" truly hates? 
The argument being set up is that the *only* thing people hate is 
being presented with advertisements they don't want to act upon, and
that therefore if businesses have vast amounts of information on you
then they'll be able to restrict their solicitations to those which 
you actually *will* act upon, with the result that you will no longer
receive solicitations that you hate.

    But send me a solicitation to buy a map of the hidden doors to Doom
    II, [....]

Note that he shifts now from "the average person" to the first person,
"I".  The claims he's about to make about himself are probably true,
inasmuch as he (or so I infer) does not care whether marketers have
large databases of information about him...

    [...] or to sell me a CD of clip art just after I got my first copy
    of Microsoft Publisher, or to contribute to the von Mises Institute
    as I stew about the latest inanities emitted by Robert Reich --
    well, I don't complain about these things, do I? 

If I am following him, it would follow that he is unconcerned that a
political institute is able to use commercial transaction records to
learn what books he has been reading.  Note the implausibility of the
scenario -- since he has been reading the inanities of Robert Reich, 
the von Mises Institute will supposedly figure that he's therefore ripe
for a contribution.  He may be attempting a joke here, to the effect
that the overwhelming majority of readers of Robert Reich will become
converts to full-bore free-market conservatism in response.  But the
joke covers up one of the most serious dangers here -- what if he had
been reading books from Karl Marx, or the Aryan Nation?

    In fact, if there's a movement or a sale or an event that I'd be
    really interested in and nobody tells me about it, I'm annoyed and
    feel cut out.

The astounding thing is that he feels an entitlement to advertising!
>From the context, it is clear that he does not feel that he must go
seeking these good things himself; rather, his entitlement is only
satisfied within a system in which everyone's commercial records are
available to every organization that could possibly make a proposition
that might appeal to him.

    Well there's no pleasing some people. I want you to send me only
    that mail and make to me only those phone calls that address my
    burning needs and momentary passions most directly -- but don't you
    dare try to figure out what they might be by examining my recent
    buying patterns, you nosy so-and-so's!

The point being (and please correct me if this passage can make any
other sense) that there's a contradiction here between the desire for
commercial solicitations and taking offense at commercial gathering 
of data.  But in order for this paragraph to make any sense, we need 
to back to the moment when he shifted from the "average person" to "I".
He appears to wish to conflate the two, suggesting that not just he but
*everyone* -- or at least, the average person -- wants to get software
offers and solicitations from political institutes, and that everyone 
-- the average person -- actually feels an entitlement to receive these
things.  Again, no evidence is presented for this except for his own
particular case.

    The real fear is of Giant Corporations knowing Too Much about us. 

Note the ridicule in these capital letters, as well as the "you nosy
so-and-so's" etc.  Another form of trivialization.

    Yet our greatest *safety* lies in what some find most offensive:
    the commercial instincts of those same giant corporations. They
    are interested in knowing exactly as much about us as will allow
    them to do the most targeted kind of marketing -- which is almost
    by definition the least offensive kind of marketing for any given
    person 

By whose definition?  This only follows if the only offense caused 
by marketing is the making of solicitations which do not result in
purchases.  But there are at least three fallacies here.  The first is
that this is the only offense that marketing can cause.  The second is
that giant corporations can remuneratively use personal information only
for marketing purposes (as opposed, say, to selling it to the Selective
Service or to insurance companies or to firms providing pre-employment
background checks).  And the third is that targeted marketing only
results, or *can* only result, in minimal numbers of offensive
solicitations.  The truth is that companies can only probabilistically
know our desires, and the return-on-investment in a given solicitation
is equal to the profit derived from that solicitation's being accepted
times the probability of its being accepted.  When the price of a given
solicitation is low and the profit from accepted solicitations is high,
companies will be willing to make very large numbers of solicitations
for each one accepted.

    (except those who profess to hate being marketed to -- the liars).  

This is incredible.  It turns on a very inflated definition of the
notion of marketing.  I hate having large organizations maintain vast
amounts of information about me, but I don't mind if large organizations
make information about their products and services available where I can
find it when I need it.  These are very different, and it is indeed the
difference between them that is at stake -- not "marketing" in general.

    Giant corporations, for all their faults, are not trying to have
    us arrested or taxed or thrown out of the country. For that kind of
    truely fearsome invasion of privacy -- for privacy violations aimed
    squarely at enslavement rather than selling us Cheerios -- we have
    to turn to the government.

Giant corporations are incapable of fearsome invasions of our privacy?
This is an astounding and absolutely false statement.  What about the
private detectives hired to assemble dossiers on the personal lives of
their employees?  What about the industry that smears people who have
filed workers' compensation and other insurance claims by asserting that
they are responsible for their own repetitive stress injuries through
their sewing?

    I suggest that our efforts be focussed on keeping commercial
    marketing data out of the hands of -- our congressmen! (I fear
    information about me in the hands of Newt Gingrich and Teddy
    Kennedy far more than in the hands of Sears-Roebuck and Apogee
    Software.)

But of course the election business operates on the same models, using
the same methods, as the marketing business.  That, my friends, is the
final perfection of Mr. McCarthy's world of informational transparency.

Phil Agre, UCSD

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Date:    Sat, 17 Dec 94 08:36 EST
From:    Christopher Zguris <0004854540@MCIMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Orwell, 499 channels, and where privacy begins

karl@reed.edu (Karl Anderson) wrote:
>I signed up to donate blood when I was 18, before I had ever been
>tested for HIV.  I was given a questionnaire first.  The fine print
>mentioned that in accordance with state or federal law
>something-or-other, names associated with several types of positive
>tests, including syphillis and HIV, would be forwarded to state or
>federal agency this-or-that.  Some government official had been
>recently blathering to himself in the media about quarantine camps and
>glow in the dark tattoos.  I turned around and walked out.

This dangerous attitude is obscene. How about my -- and everyone else's --
right, Karl, to get uninfected blood should we require a transfusion or find
out if a sexual partner has tested positive so that we may know? AIDS has
spread like wildfire partly due to the blood supply being such a mess and
refusal to allow for any sort of partner tracking due to "privacy" concerns.
If a donor unknowingly has syphillis or HIV he/she is a _serious_ danger to
the community and anyone he/she may have had sex with. The point of
contacting "state or federal agency this-or-that" is to try to stop that
person from unknowingly spreading the disease, and to contact his/her former
partners to alert them and hopefully stop them from spreading the disease
further _if_ they're infected. These are long-established CDC policies,
aimed at controling the spread of infectious disesases. The theory is
society has a right to know, even if it comes at the cost of the "privacy"
of the infected person. What's the solution, to guarantee "privacy"
absolutely even though it means putting the rest of society in general at
risk? I'm sorry, the "Mind your own business" attitude can get stuffed when
it comes to this.

>If the Red Cross was administered by "mom and pop", who would do
>nothing with this knowledge except tell me whatever helpful
>information they knew, then I might not have done so.

Do you realize what a stupid -- and dangerous -- concept that is? The blood
supply, as it is, is a mess. "Screening" hasn't done a whole hell of a lot.
Instead of one organization, you want a bunch of "mom and pop" operations
collecting blood from whoever using their own guidelines (or lack there-of)?
Why? Because they'll guarantee _your_ privacy while damning the rest of us
who may need blood (god help those who do) to whatever disease you may have
but "choose" not to disclose (I'm not saying you have a disease, I'm making
a point). We're talking about life-and-death here, I can't go along with
"privacy" concerns outwaying the common good of society as-a-whole. If you
have a sexually transmitted disease, it should be _required_ that anyone you
may have exposed be notified, period. I didn't mean to come down on you
Karl, but this is a subject that really ticks me off.

Christopher Zguris
czguris@mcimail.com

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Date:    Sun, 18 Dec 1994 13:28:24 -0800 (PST)
From:    jgro@netcom.com (Jeremy Grodberg)
Subject: Re: where privacy begins

I can tell you some of the reasons I don't like to give marketers much
information about me; I don't know how many other people share my
objections.

The biggest and most general reason I don't like companies to have
detailed information about me is that I don't have equally detailed
information about them, nor the opportunity to use that information to
negotiate fairly.  Sure, I'd love every mail-order company to know
that I do not have pets and I do not buy women's clothing: that would
cut down the number of unwanted catalog pages I get by more than 50%.
What I don't like is companies knowing how much I earn and how much I
spend and what kind of things I buy, and using that to charge me more
for services I really want.  Of course, they don't phrase it that way,
but that is the essense of what happens.

For example, I am in several frequent-flyer programs, even though I
fly only a few times a year.  I'm finding, though, that since the
airlines know that I only fly occasionally, I am getting special
discounts and incentives to fly more often.  Sure, that's great for
me, but unfair to the average flyers.  It just like people getting
upset that "new" magazine subscribers get discounts and bonuses for
subscribing that are unavailable to loyal subscribers.  The people who
marketers know really want their service get charged more than the
people who marketers are not sure of.

I imagine as marketers get more sophisticated, they will be able to
use information about me to determine when I have a strong desire for
a product or service, and use that information against me, thus
pressuring me to pay more, buy more, and or get inferior products.
I have no access to quality information about the marketer, such as
the quality of their goods, the prices and marketing programs
that are available to other customers, their cost of goods,
profitability, or any other information that would let me gauge
whether I am getting a good deal or getting ripped off.  I usually
don't even have an opportunity to negotiate a better deal, even if
they are giving the better deal to someone else.

As this information gets widely collected, it is only a matter of time
before it is widely disseminated. Such information can be used against
me in other ways. For example, I am a consultant, and frequently must
negotiate my fees for services.  I don't want future clients making
inferences about whether or not I'm charging them too much based on my
lifestyle.  I also don't want them taking advantage of the fact that
my savings are low and I have to pay the mortgage to pressure me into
taking the job at a low fee.  I certainly don't have information like
that about my clients, so their having such information about me is an
unfair advantage.  Even if I did have that information, I think it
would degrade the quality of commerce to use it.  I don't want to base
my fees on how much the other person can afford or how badly they need
my services; that is opportunism, and (except for the situation of
reducing one's fees for charity cases) is a major violation of the
Golden Rule.  (Arguments showing how this is already being done
without such information are completely beside the point that with
such information these practices are likely to increase.)  I also
don't want my competitors, or people considering competing with me, to
know the details of my business, since they could use that information
in the same ways.  I prefer to base my fees on a competitive
marketplace, competing with other consultants on the bases of quality,
value, efficiency, and supply & demand. 

There is also great danger to me in other people having too much data
on me without enough information.  For example, suppose I start dating
a woman, and she decides to run a background check on me (a practice
growing in popularity, especially in large urban areas).  She finds
out that in the past year I have bought every book that came out on
the subject of rape.  Because she does not know me, she decides I must
be obsessed with rape, becomes afraid that I will rape her, and
refuses to see me ever again.  She does not know, or will not believe
me when I tell her that my sister was raped and I did not know how to
handle it, so I started reading everything I could about it.  Millions
of mistunderstandings, mostly large in their impact, are possible
because "the facts don't lie" and people do lie, so people generally
trust their own interpretation of the facts rather than other people's
explanations of them.

Another problem is that of "first impressions."  I don't think I need
to tell you about the importance placed on first impressions.  First
impressions are important because later information tends to
be interpreted so as to strengthen the first impression if possible.
All the gray areas of interpretation are subconciously shaded toward
reinforcing the first impression.  If detailed objective data about me
are widely available, there is a great risk that for many people, that
data about me will form their first impression.  I believe that such
data are much more likely to be mis-interpreted, with regards to my
character, beliefs, convictions, and personality, then it is to give
the person looking at it a good idea of who I am.  So again, I don't
like having it out there.

Thes are the reasons just off the top of my head.  I'm sure if I
worked at it longer, I could give you more reasons.   I'm sure their
are counter-arguments for all my reasons, too. The bottom line is that
if the data are not collected in the first place, we do not run the
risk of it being mis-used.  I see no evidence that its collection will
benefit me enough to be worth the risk of its mis-use; that is a
subjective value judgement which everyone will have to decide for
themselves. 
-- 
Jeremy Grodberg             Committed to developing user-friendly products,
jgro@netcom.com             Because technology is supposed to make life easier

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Date:    Sat, 17 Dec 1994 17:11:44 -0500
From:    eo891@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Joseph A. Drain)
Subject: Nosy lawyers

As a member of the Ohio Bar Association, I've been solicited by
the Ohio Professional Electronic Network ("OPEN") to subscribe to its
computer service.  That is, for a very, very modest fee, I could have
a hookup that would, in the words of OPEN's latest solicitation, allow
me to "perform quick, easy and cost effective background checks on
potential employees, have instant access to a company's status with
incorporation filings, track worker's compensation claims, identify
drivers of illegally parked or suspicious cars, follow the progress of
a state Senate bill, view a UCC filing or communicate electronically
with co-workers, customers, prospects [ed.: that means YOU, non-lawyers]
or vendors."

Some of these things are obviously innocuous and bland lawyer stuff.
Others seem rather dicey.  OPEN is apparently operated by a Kansas-
based company, and I expect that it has made similar arrangements with
state bar associations all over the country (although the playful
moniker "OPEN" works only in Ohio, Oregon and Oklahoma).

I can make virtually no good use of OPEN's service, but I'm interested
nonetheless.  I won't subscribe, but that's only because I am
currently, shall we say, financially challenged.  Imagine what other
, more financially bloated lawyers out there will do with this service.
And it fell out of the sky and into our laps merely because we're
lawyers, as if somehow that makes us responsible and upstanding
people. Uuuhh . . . well, uh . . . it does, . . . uuhh sorta,
maybe . . . well, it does ME, anyway.

Armed with OPEN and my Dick Tracy decoder ring, watch it if you drive
down my street.  I've got your number and I'm gonna sleuth you up.
All of you.  Your cars are all suspicious.  You're all prospects.
All of yuz.

The OPEN dog and pony show pulls into Cleveland's Public Square,
Stouffer Tower City Hotel on January 18, 1995, at 10:00a.m.  It
appears the demonstration to be given will be free, but I aint 
exactly sure.  Those within earshot of Cleveland may be interested
in attending by calling (614)481-6999; by fax at (614)481-6980
Or write to its headquarters at P.O.Box 549, Columbus, Ohio
43216-0549. Or just show up and look suspicious - they'll
find you.  Just don't tell them I sent you, becuase I'm denying
everything.

Don't hate us lawyers just because we're beautiful.  Find another
reason.
Regards,
Joe Drain, boy lawyer
eo891@cleveland.freenet.edu

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Date:    Sun, 18 Dec 1994 09:06:27 +0000
From:    Neil Briscoe <neil@salmon.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Regarding Web Servers and Stats collection

genghis@ilces.ag.uiuc.edu (Scott Coleman) wrote:
> In short, don't think for a moment that leaving the email address field 
> in your web browser's config file blank will prevent the unscrupulous from 
> collecting your email address. 
> 
> This is another feature of which most web users are blissfully unaware; 
> unlike the ftp sites which proclaim their logging policy in all caps and 
> encourage users to disconnect immediately if they do not like that policy, 
> this logging is not explicitly disclosed by any web sites or browsers that 
> I have ever encountered.

I think the reason that you never hear about the logging facilities 
of a site are, apart from any conspiracy to just collect the stats, 
you can connect to a server at any page, you never have to go in via 
a login page.

If we take the www.sunsite.unc.edu site as an example of a server 
with a great many pages, providing a point of information provision 
for many different groups on the 'Net - if the warning was repeated 
on the home page of each service provider, a casual browser would 
soon get bored reading it.  If the warning was only displayed on 
http://www.sunsite.unc.edu alone, and you dive straight into the 
underground music pages, then you'll never see the warning.

The point is that just one httpd server provides all these pages, so 
if it logs anything, it will be doing so for all of them.

The question then arises as to whether the facilities providers, UNC 
in this case, then make these stats available to the people for whom 
they are providing pages, or whether they keep this information to 
themselves and use it merely to provide faster machines, more disk 
space, as demand arises.

Disclaimer: Note: The above is in no way intended to indicate that 
UNC are now, or have ever had occasion to, provide such statistics to 
those for whom they provide web space.  I merely used them as an 
example of a large web site where such considerations have to be 
taken into account.

Regards
Neil
 
Neil S. Briscoe                 | The Three Stages of Life:
Aldershot, Hants, England       | First, you believe in Father Christmas
neil@salmon.demon.co.uk         | Then you don't believe in Father Christmas
nbriscoe@cix.compulink.co.uk    | And then, you are Father Christmas

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Date:    Mon, 19 Dec 1994 12:52:01 -0800
From:    Paul.Baclace@Eng.Sun.COM (Paul Baclace)
Subject: Caller-ID harassment syndrome

Caller-ID has come to Houston and brings up a hard to predict side effect:
harassment from dialing the wrong number.

I know of 2 women that accidently dialed the wrong number and then had
their return phone numbers recorded.  In both cases they got many return 
calls of a harassing and/or salacious nature.

Apparently there is a service that allows one to dial the caller-ID of
the most recent in-coming call.  The $5 a month service causes *69 
to return the call and requires no special hardware.  Luckily, the number
is erased after another incoming call, but one woman had her answering machine
outgoing message state her phone number...

A defense against this is either for everyone to have caller-ID or everyone
to block the caller-ID when making calls.  Neither option is reasonable and
doing both is the best defense, but it adds no value to the use of the 
phone system--it simply is an extra cost for a creep-deflector and a 
creep-enabler.

Paul E. Baclace
peb@netcom.com
peb@eng.sun.com

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Date:    Tue, 20 Dec 1994 17:13:50 -0500
From:    hal9001@panix.com (Robert A. Rosenberg)
Subject: Re: How to stop invasion of privacy

At 23:07 12/16/94, PRIVACY Forum wrote:
>          There was also a report that the next (1995) release of a popular
>          windows-oriented operating system for PCs might contain an "online
>          registration" feature which uploads the users' AUTOEXEC.BAT file.
>          Since careful inspection of this file could reveal the names of
>          which software packages the user had installed on their system
>          (among other information) the author of the message was concerned
>          about the privacy implications.  No details regarding this
>          "feature" or how (or *if*) it was really implemented were
>          available.  Persons with more information are of course invited
>          to comment here in the Forum.

I do not know about the Operating System Rumor, but I can state that I just
bought a popular Macintosh Fax Program that came with an Online
Registration  (of the Software) feature. The registration menu had a little
check box that was already checked (which you could uncheck it if you
wanted) marked "System Information". Leaving this box checked, added to the
Registration Fax a complete list of all the installed Control Panels, Inits
and Extensions on the machine as well as certain other info about user's
machine. I made sure that the copy that was sent in did not have this
information (I just reviewed the Fax before sending, deleted the Fax
transaction, and went through the Registration Process again with the box
unchecked after allowing the connection to the supplied 800 number to me
made).

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