Donald Kerr, the principal deputy director of national intelligence says Americans need to redefine privacy. We should no longer expect anonymity, but should be able to trust that government and industry can keep our transactions and personal information safe.
With a rash of stolen information due to both malicious intent and incompetence in the news lately, what confidence should we have that this is possible? A first step would be to require private industry to report data theft and compromise, and to negotiate rules around personal information and data ownership. A few steps down this path would quickly highlight the fact that user data is stolen constantly, bought and sold by organizations and government agencies, and regulating this "unseen economy" would have corporations throw a fit.