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Monday, December 14, 2009

The Libertarian Answer On Privacy—-master-of-the-universe

You won’t find a quality search engine that doesn’t log your IP address. If you want privacy for your web searches, then turn off cookies, and do your searches from behind a proxy. Details at

If Google stops offering users a search experience that is personalized according to the information you voluntarily share with them, we at Yahoo will happily continue to do so. If we stop also, some other competitor will satisfy that consumer demand, as long as it exists.

Present and future government aggression is not a good libertarian argument that a company should eschew a business model that is profitable because it satisfies consumer demand.

The correct Libertarian position here is: oppose government invasions of privacy, but defend the freedom of association among private parties to negotiate how they use information voluntarily disclosed to each other.