Wow, Livejournal sold to the Russian company SUP

Long discussion and some very valid points being made here on LJ Founder brad 's journal.

Suffice to say the real issue is not public posts, but private posts. If Livejournal moves hosting to Russia, and the data is "owned" by a Russian company, how secure do you think your private posts will be? I'm glad I don't host my work blog there, I have nothing much to hide on my personal blog, how about you?

Blackmail, mafia, government spying  et al... something to consider.
dude
anyone who was all that worried about security should know you don't post sensitive data anywhere on the web.
Re: dude
Of course, but theres a question of data and data. I'd never really considered LJ posts as data, until you start to think of your private posts and blackmail material...
Hm... very interesting

For me it's a bit odd, at one time I want to remember the person I was and where I've been... but also risk becoming a very public figure. It's entirely possible (probable) that in 30 years I'll be a senior executive of a publicly traded company, and a political figure in Bermuda.
You were one of the people I thought of, it needn't be 30-yrs, theres always the chance that someone malicious could use it to stop you getting there.... worth thinking about.
Well little is secure/private on the web, theres just a level of trust that underlies most of it. After all the only reason you trust your bank to keep your transaction details private is because you think you know who owns your bank, and because they are, err, your bank.

I guess the real question is what you write in private posts. I've certainly used mine to store some personal thoughts I wouldn't want shared, I mostly did it because I wanted to use LJ as a journal, personal, friends, and public and then use LJBOOK to create an archive via PDF's.

I guess ultimately its a "stereotype" though to think this might only happen under Russian ownership, after all theres no reason why a bunch of US computer geeks desperate to keep their start-up afloat wouldn't turn to selling data. Not that I'm accusing anyone, just I'd never really thought about it that way before.