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Privacy Tradeoffs Online

Monday, Apr. 1, 2013

New technologies often bring both benefits and unintended consequences. The same is true of laws aimed at new technologies. In this brief clip from the Ethics Center's new video series, Internet Ethics: Views From Silicon Valley, NetApp's Executive Chairman Dan Warmenhoven discusses the development of GPS-tracking technology and the ethical issues associated with the aggregation of GPS data into large databases. He then argues that data protection efforts can go too far, leaving us with inefficient outcomes. How do we strike the right balance between benefits and harms?

Patrick Lin, associate professor of philosophy at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo responds.  Visit the vlog to join the conversation