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***Privacy and the Internet
The level-headed Louise Kehoe has a perceptive column in today’s Financial Times about Amazon.com’s privacy policy. The leading e-tailer has created a storm by announcing that it could conceivably sell its customer information in the event of the sale of the company or parts of it. Why, she asks, should online companies have to uphold a higher standard on privacy than offline ones? After all, credit card companies, banks, retailers who have their own charge cards, etc hold all sorts of information on their users that is clearly seen as a prime asset of the business.

Kehoe argues that online companies must have higher standards. “This has less to do with today’s Internet than it does with the potential for greater intrusion into personal privacy with the emergence of new Internet technologies.”

***Small earthquake, not many hurt
In the catalogue of unremarkable headlines, yesterday’s Financial Times may take some beating. “Japanese economy struggles for growth”. Today there is graphic illustration of the stagnation in the world’s second largest economy. Scrutinise the list of the new Japanese cabinet. The youngest member is in his mid-50s. The vast majority are in their mid- to upper-60s, and one member is in his 80s. I’m not an ageist, but I wouldn’t have much confidence that there will be many fresh ideas around the cabinet table in Tokyo.

***Sir What?
There’s good and bad in the news today for republicans (note the small “r”) like me. Bank of England Governor Eddie George (a poor man’s Alan Greenspan) was knighted by the queen yesterday. Although he has always been known as Eddie, he know has told the press that his wife “prefers” Sir Edward. What century is he living in?

Fortunately there is intelligence out there. The Guardian took the occasion of the state opening of parliament to launch a comprehensive attack on the monarchy. More than 60% of Britons want to be citizens rather than royal subjects. As part of its campaign, The Guardian will back a legal action to show that the 1701 Act of Settlement, which bans non-Protestants (and the divorced and those born “out of wedlock”) from the throne, violates the Human Rights Act. Sounds open and shut to me.

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  1. Adam Curry

    Although he has always been known as Eddie, he know has told the press that his wife “prefers” Sir Edward. What century is he living in?

    Many women seem to dig the royalty and title thing. At least those that aren’t afraid to admit it. Then again, I always thought Lord Curry would sound good and for 4500 pounds sterling I can become “Lord of The Manor of Thickenarpel”

    What’s in a name (or title)?



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