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Doug Knell's privacy policy at Doug's Republic.  It's pretty basic:  we don't respect your privacy.  No one else does.  Why should Doug Knell at Doug's Republic? Privacy and a privacy policy are a farce. Doug's Republic - the privacy policy is nonexistent.  Should Doug Knell respect your privacy when governments don't, when the media don't?  Privacy and privacy policies mean nothing at Doug's Republic. To h with a privacy policy and your privacy.
Doug's Republic's "Privacy Policy"

We at Doug's Republic don't take privacy very seriously.  Why should we?  No one else does.  The U.S. government railroaded in the PATRIOT Act, and now the law enforcement agencies can search my financial and medical records and go through the telephone numbers I've had contact with -- no need for a warrant or probable cause.   If they could find a way to make money off me using my very own records, they would.  

My girlfriend's son regularly barges into our bedroom.  He doesn't knock, doesn't ask for entry.  I wondered if he might be a new hire under the PATRIOT Act.    At least he's only eight years old and has an excuse for not respecting my privacy.  

Businesses are more than happy to sell your sacred info to the highest bidder.  They don't respect your privacy.   When the American National Do Not Call Registry was enacted in 2003, I put my name on the list.  While there were less loopholes in that act than the number of kickbacks the average politician reaps in a year, there were enough for me to still get plenty of calls. 

I have -- or more accurately, had -- a private e-mail address I only gave out to personal friends.  This e-mail address was never entered on order forms, never used to subscribe to an e-newsletter (like the one I'm encouraging you to not subscribe to on the right).  It was too good to last.  The select-few friends who had that private e-mail address entered it on web sites that promised them a bonus for recommending ten friends, garbage along the lines of Bill Gates promising to pay $200 for each person you forward the mail to.   My private e-mail address thereafter became a public one, and now I receive spam from these companies or other companies who bought my e-mail address off the one who originally obtained it.  The only way your address will stay private is if you never give out, but if you never give it out, then why have an e-mail address?

We could promise not to sell or rent your name to anyone.  But doesn't everyone also promise that under their various privacy policies and don't most find a way to somehow break that promise?  That's what loopholes are for.  It's not like you can sue anyone about it, since you'll never know who actually sold you out.  Announcing a privacy policy only sounds effective when most other parties don't adhere to any, right?  If everyone were protecting your privacy, it would be a given that your privacy was sacrosanct.  No one would mention it.   When you dine at a restaurant, the staff don't assure you, "We promise not to poison you here," but they would have to assure you of that if most of the restaurants were keen to poison their patrons.  

We could also promise you that if you join our (non-existent) newsletter list, you can at any time be removed from our mailing list. Even if we listened to you and stopped contacting you, we could still sell your e-mail address to every penis enlargement salesman in Europe, and we probably would. 

Our real intentions are not to collect, then sell and exploit, your e-mail. In theory, we respect your privacy just like, in theory, my government promotes democracy across the globe.   In reality, by the time you share your e-mail with us, all of the spam kings in Russia have already beaten it to death, just as my government promotes more indebtedness in another undeveloped nation.

If you have any questions or comments, don't bother contacting us.