On Private Data vs. Wisdom of the Crowds

Data seems to indicate that more and more people are pulling away from online activities to protect their privacy. I understand the concerns that drive this behavior but we don’t need to lock away our content/lives to secure our rights.

Privacy by obfuscation might not be an option as robots become increasingly powerful, but there’s much to gain from the wisdom of the crowds. Wisdom that will disappear if we all become over protective of our data.

[…] A new study by market researcher Ovum indicates that millions of people could start “vanishing” from the Web within a few years, causing major disruptions to the Internet economy. The reason so many people may go data dark? Privacy concerns.
Online Privacy: The Opt-Out Revolution Is Almost Here