Full disclosure and why vendors hate it

Monday, 2 June 2008, 12:03 AM EST

The problem with too many secrets is that they frequently rub against the notion of privacy. One would think that secrets and privacy track together, but more often than not, secrets only mean that you don't know your enemy, or what weapons they have to use against you. Secrets can be a hindrance to privacy because they leave the consumer exposed; not knowing if their home is secure, or if it's going to be broken into. If you knew that the lock on your front door was broken, you'd probably be less inclined to leave a diamond ring lying on the foyer table. More dangerous is the idea that you have no right to know about your broken front door lock until after the locksmith fixes it. Everyone agrees that security flaws should be fixed; the looming issue is whether full disclosure is appropriate, or whether the "vendor first" approach is more responsible.

At zdziarski.com

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