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Monday, August 11, 2008

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Dataminers Stink

Data breach? Or just plain DATA MARKETING, for many of these companies? Despite responding to the relentless Privacy Notifications that companies now pelt us with, those same corporations are frequently selling our info behind our backs, against our stated wishes. This is a DATA BREACH of the worst kind: Not only is our private data breached, but we ourselves, as good-faith customers, are VIOLATED and EXPLOITED.

What is it about the term "YOUR INFORMATION" that these data-mining companies do not understand?! "MY INFORMATION" means it is MINE--I get to decide what happens with it, not some legalese mumbo-jumbo Privacy Policy that the corps fail to adhere to anyway, even after we jump through their hoops to try to protect our privacy.

We're sick and tired of credit card companies, insurance companies, telephone companies, banks, lenders, DMV, SSA, and so on, GIVING OUT OUR PRIVATE DATA, with no real PUNISHMENT! What good is a few months' of credit monitoring or a class action lawsuit that MIGHT provide a small cash settlement?!

The DAMAGES done by violating people's privacy far outweigh any of these slap-wrist solutions when these privacy violators do get caught and have to "pay." For those who have worked HARD all their lives to be private and avoid harassment or stalking, these kinds of relentless privacy violations create havoc, destroy peace of mind, cause disruptions in their lives and sometimes put them at risk of physical harm--and it is high time that the government start TRULY PUNISHING the dataminers and others who are harvesting and disseminating our private info without our knowledge and without our permission. (Unfortunately, all too often, it is the GOVERNMENT/Feds who are the biggest client of these datamining outfits and data-breaching companies!)

WHERE can we begin to protest this ongoing violation of our privacy rights? Consumers need to become more vocal and protest the privacy violations and data-breaching that is going on in USA.

In the meantime, those who feel upset by this ongoing trashing of privacy in America should start to "vote" by closing their accounts with all agencies who indulge in this dirty business of datamining and selling our private info. It's time to get tough!

George

Dataminers Stink raised some very valid concerns in his post above. Also, the Bush Administration would like to make permanent the expanded surveillance powers it has grabbed for, to spy on citizens without reasonable suspicion or probable cause. Read:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/21/washington/21fbi.html

Moreover... the more data collected, the more data that can be abused after a data breach. Ask your Congressional representatives what the government is doing to protect the data it colects.

George
http://ivebeenmugged.typepad.com

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