Proposal: Personal Data Encryption (maybe SoC?)

Jim McDonald Jim at
Tue Mar 20 02:04:01 CET 2007

Clare Johnstone wrote:
> On 3/20/07, Jim McDonald <Jim at> wrote:
>> continually asking the user to decide which data is to be encrypted and
>> which not.
> There is the concept of "folders" which could be used :)
> clare
True, but that's just another choice to be made when storing the data 
plus of course you have filesystem folders, arbitrary categorisation 
through tags, automatic classification depending on the type of data 
etc. so there are lots of concepts that can be used, and each one is a 
potential set of confusion ("I tagged the data as 'sensitive' but the 
system didn't encrypt it because I accidentally put it in the 'public' 

I just think that this is a good example where having an all-or-nothing 
approach is preferable to fine-grained control, as the benefits are 
minimal compared to the complexity for development and day-to-day effort 
for end-users that have to use such a system.


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