Privacy and Your Data
Recently one of our blogs dealt with Metadata Monsters (http://hessjobs.mobi/metadata-monsters/).
Further to this, Edward Snowden, whom we all know is a former NSA systems analyst,
revealed to the Washington Post that the NSA has access to and analyzes phone records,
email addresses, buddy lists, and other data gleaned from social media, to form personal interaction maps, allegedly
to seek out foreign terrorist profiles worldwide.
What Snowden is advocating seems to be the principle that there should be a “balance between the
human right of privacy and the governmental interest in investigation”.
Add to this, note the new RBC app, allowing clients to pay bills and see all their account data online.
This is great but comes with a dollar free price – access to caller and browser history, bookmarks,
cameras, and so on. Even Aeroplan has its eye on your data if you want to or use one of its credit card products.
Supposedly corporations are restricted in their right to demand information if this info is not actually
necessary for them to provide a product or service. But the collection goes on.
Yes, you can say no, and then use the banking services or collect points another way – but we are
all about convenience, and we have after all invented these technologies and deserve to benefit
From them, not suffer from the consequences of using them.
Actually folks, the Canadian government is right – why do we need the long form of the census
when they know all about us anyway? If you can’t remember what you did last Saturday night,
Perhaps just call up Communications Security Agency Canada and ask.
But you know, we all saw this coming – remember Brave New World by Huxley?
Big Brother is Watching You – even Rogers has a product which allows you to watch
what is going on in your house from afar, see your kids come home from school,
and all good things. And Bell has announced that in mid November, it will be collecting
data on whom you call, sites you surf, what you watch on TV.
(Bell Canada To Track Web, TV Surfing Habits For Ad Purposes
Who should be making the big decisions about the lines in the sand? Let me know what you think.