If the title of the post didn’t make sense, don’t worry. It’s just my translation of “Privacy Gayee Tel Lene” (Hindi). I had a debate with one of the person (P) who doesn’t use Internet (at least as much as you and I do).
K: Sir, We should not make ‘Phone/Mobile Number’ a compulsory field in the registration form.
P: Why not?
K: Sir, there are couple of reasons. First of all, users are very reluctant to entering their mobile number into a networking site. Secondly, since ours is going to be an open network the phone numbers can be picked up by telemarketers, crooks and can be misused.
P: I don’t get your point.
K: Sir, there had been many cases where phone numbers were misused. There are sites that let you send SMS for free. I’ve heard cases of boys using phone numbers of girls in the class to send abusive messages. Once the information is exposed; it can be misused.
P: See, if I want to get someone’s number, I can get it anyway. Tell me how difficult it is for me to get your phone number even if you were reluctant to giving it to me?
K: Sir, my point is…we should not be catalysts in this process. We may face serious legal issues if things go wrong. Moreover, our privacy statement should say we will not share your information with anyone…..sir…
P: Boss, tell me one thing….government publishes telephone directories. I don’t see that information in telephone directory being misused.
P: Add that field.
P: Okay…tell me what is this ‘blog’ thing? I hear about it almost everyday.
K: Sir, blog is web…
–The Big K–