P2P is not used for mostly illegal purposes. Veogh uses it exclusively. There are many P2P and Bt services that are 100% legal. There’s not even convincing evidence services in the grey areas hurt current industries. Google for the “sampling effect” for reports done outside of trade organization support.
The advancement of P2P and Bt has been hampered by 19th century thinking in a 21st century world. It’s extremely damaging to the economy to attack new technology and it’s uses so quickly. It’s become “politically correct” to misinform and kill new internet technologies and software applications. It’s wrong to attack technology because some people are using it improperly. That thinking is putting us back into the dark ages. Sony and MS have spent more R&D on restricting users than on helping them.
I am much more concerned about the major reason for identity theft and that is data processing centers (privacy.org). There is no law saying they have to inform us of a breach.
Because data streams are out of the US, they can’t be prosecuted even if they could track the crooks down.
That’s not addressing cases of theft taken place in foreign countries by employees by agencies legitimately sending private data; Credit reporting agencies, Medicare, US government, states, veterans, universities, etc. US privacy laws just don’t apply elsewhere. They have agreements, not laws.
I also discovered the hard way there isn’t anyone to complain to when the information has been breached.
The US does buy data from commercial third parties and I’ve wondered if that’s one of the reasons security has been so lax. Few lawmakers have looked into these issues seriously because it’s so much easier to make individual people feel responsible - protect their pocketbooks - and that’s hooey.
Why aren’t people outraged over that?