IE 8’s “Porn Mode” makes it easy to hide your dirty little habits

UPDATE (8/30/08): Leave it to my buddy Andrew to encourage me to think a bit more deeply on a matter like this…

What we have here, Andrew reminded me, is a right to privacy issue.  Things done in secret do not always connote evildoing.  The protection of privacy finds direct correlation with the enforcement of discrimination laws; the protection of a person’s freedom to believe whatever he or she wants to believe without fear of reprisal.

That kind of freedom requires a sense of personal responsibility.  And while I’m channeling Uncle Ben, even Spider-Man has to wear a mask.

It’s a catch 22 — which, I suppose, is a characteristic of many of the things that create a free society.  Even something that protects our privacy can be abused by evil, or ill, hands.

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I can already see the bump in spam I’d get just including “porn” in the title.  This is why I filter comments.  Anyway…

As a friend of mine can attest, this is a bad idea. Even the moral relativist has to agree that whatever you think you have to hide can’t be altogether, you know, good.

HT: The Point

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