The Evolution of Privacy

Online Identity is a topic close to my heart. Passwords may be directly related to authentication — but Passpack’s relationship with Online Identity runs deeper than that.

Let me share with you our ultimate vision for Passpack: in our personal lives, we all have public and private spheres. The latter is completely missing in our virtual life. Passpack wants to give you back your privacy.

What Privacy Is

Privacy is the right to choose what to share, how much of it we want shared and with whom.

Privacy is not secretive. Privacy is not having something to hide. Privacy is not asocial.

Web 2.0, better known as – the social web, is based on a mass collective exchange of information – and one perfect example is lifestreaming.

Your online identity is diffused across various social networking platforms – by nature they are limited in privacy. This is by no means implying such platforms don’t follow privacy standards but applications like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, FriendFeed are born specifically to share information beyond your ring of contacts.

But, sometimes we need to share things – like personal messages, health records and so much more and we need to share these things with particular people in complete confidentiality. Being able to do so… that is privacy. And it requires one key factor – Trust.

The Ring of Trust

Welcome to The Ring of Trust. It may not sound familiar, because it hasn’t existed until now.

Trust is that area that overlaps public and private. It’s pulling a select person or company into my private sphere long enough to entrust them (and only them) with something. I know that they will keep it confidential and will not share it with others. If they live up to my expectation, they may earn more excursions into my private sphere. Some people earn a permanent slot. But I decide.

As a professional, I need to share sensitive data with my colleagues and not wanting to send it to them by email (knowing they are just like online postcards), I would invite them into my Ring of Trust.

Privacy: Beyond a Concept

Passpack is and always will be an online password manager and now we will also take on the responsibility of being an online privacy manager as well. Privacy is not only made up of passwords, it’s made of people and powered by technology.

This technology is what we have called Shared Host-Proof Hosting*. It finally gives users the unique experience of securely exchanging personal information, adding the necessary private sphere to our (sometimes too) public identities.

I am sure that I am not the only one who has felt the essential need for a new concept of privacy. And now,  we have an answer to fulfill just this need.

Let privacy evolve. Let’s start building our own Ring of Trust.

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8 responses to “The Evolution of Privacy

  1. Awesome development, I am currently in the market for a new password manager and I would be interested to hear how this tech works with http://diso-project.org/ or Open Social etc.?

    Cheers,
    Kevin

  2. Paul Reed

    I believe that the ‘Circle of Trust’ has been completely overlooked by today’s technology. Take for example passwords (since this is PassPack!), how would my family access the various online facilities, such as the phone account, utilities and even family banking if I were incapacitated tomorrow?
    They would struggle! and I am sure that most families would be in the same position.
    The ‘Circle of Trust’ principle overcomes this by being able to delegate access to another trusted family member, without resorting to writing them down – which is of course a security weakness.

  3. @Kevin
    Being an on online privacy manager, I am not sure where Passpack would fit in to Open Social.
    But we are actually interested in microformats and are working on defining certain microformat standards. Thanks for the comment.

    @Paul
    Glad to see you are as excited as we are!

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