Re-thinking privacy

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Jun 10, 2013

Like it or not, we live in an era of transparency forced upon us by the computerization of our lives. 

We are tracked by retailers at storefronts and through our Internet purchases; Google tracks us as does Facebook, web browsers, smart phones and a host of other electronic avenues to make information about our daily lives easily accessible to marketing companies, scam artists, government agents and just about anyone else.

Privacy is governed by state and federal laws — many of which were enacted decades before the first smart phone was even imagined. It was a simpler world then and old regulations aren't equal to the task of an iPad, a smart phone or a texting log. This era of transparency is stubborn as technology continues expanding opportunities. Revising law or updating it would be difficult at best, or nearly impossible, in this ever-changing environment. 

It's a fact of life: Privacy is becoming more an ideal, and less a reality. 

Comments

Contango

Re: "Google tracks us as does Facebook, web browsers, smart phones and a host of other electronic avenues to make information about our daily lives easily accessible to marketing companies, scam artists, government agents and just about anyone else."

So Americans are like the rape victim who because she was provocatively dressed deserved it?

Why then does Congress enact legislation in an attempt to curtail corp. snooping, (the No-Call list, et al.) yet finds spying by the State to be perfectly acceptable?

IMO, this Pres. or ANY Pres., telling us to accept the premise that the NSA is NOT the KGB is not reassuring.

(Elliot Spitzer's dalliances were exposed through the Patriot Act.)

@ SR: So in retrospect, is it your opinion that the House Un-American Activities Committee was a good thing in that it helped to root out Commies?

Just interchange the words "terrorists" & "communists" and see where it leads you.

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Blues

And also, just like the SR doesn't keep track of us posting on this site? Whom is BS'n whom?

Turn down the stupidity level, SR. Some of us know you are watching all that post on your site and are trying to cover your butt, too. Any server worth a dam* has cookies and knows the previous sites visited before we hooked up to yours. That has been going on for quite sometime. Don't pee on our legs and tell us it's raining when you use the very same tactics.

Raoul Duke

Well, if the SR IS tracking us on here, maybe someday they will thank us for all the hits they get from the comment section. Or, maybe not...

Blues

If you are running a win machine, Raoul Duke, look in your cmd line and see who is hooking up to your system. Fairly ez thing to do.

Kimo

Better not go to the Doctor. He/she or his/ her nurse will come in with a laptop, input your data and it will someday be up for grabs to anyone willing to pay.

I see young people pay for cigarettes and a handy six pack with a credit card. That data is up for grabs.

I wonder if they tell the doctor that they are a nonsmoker/drinker.

How much you spend on tobacco and alcohol is up for grabs when you use a credit card.

Don’t like that quit smoking/drinking or pay cash.

You buy the dog you get the flees

It is what it is people.

The cows got out a long time ago.

Contango

Re: "Better not go to the Doctor."

Better yet, wait until you socialists ultimately morph Obamacare into National Health Care; health care professionals will become govt. employees.

Kimo

Tracking people was a lot easier in the old days when six or seven homes shared a single phone line. Pick up the phone anytime and hear what your neighbors were doing.

LOL

Contango

Re: "Party lines"

Big difference: You could generally tell when your neighbors were listening in.

Trust govt. - they NEVER lie.

And useful idiots in Russia still demonstrate every May Day for a return to the 'good old days' under Comrade Stalin.

Blues

I may get banned for this, but I will tell you that the SR collects almost as much data about you as does the NSA. Every time you log in.

Kimo

I pay for the E paper with a check.
Kimo is tied to the data on the check.

No big secret here.

Don't like it, don't log in.

Contango

Re: "Don't like it, don't log in."

Not an unusual attitude for an authoritarian fascist.

Govt. wants to increasingly move consumers into digital currency - easier to track.

Only the grossly naïve don't see these actions as a money and power grab.

Blues

People with your attitude make it sooo much easier. You give all of your tracking info every time you write a check. Do you understand what those weird looking numbers at the bottom of your check mean?

They are your routing numbers for your bank account and a good portion of your accnt number.

SamAdams

There are ways around the loss of privacy, you know. Look it up. And then turn off the GPS chip in your phone, set your browser to reject cookies, don't engage in online banking, etc. and so on. Sure, there are still some things you're stuck with, but just accepting it all because "there's nothing I can do" ISN'T one of them.

Blues

One can't turn off the GPS in the cell phone unless the battery is taken out, Samantha.

SamAdams

Perhaps that's true with some, but not with others. Turn the chip off, or remove the chip. Done.

Incidentally, even turning the phone off won't help you insofar as using the cell phone as an eavesdropping device is concerned. The battery has to be removed for that, too.

Blues

Battery removal is true with all. You are good at research, look it up.

Blues

Tell ya what, Samantha... Leave that cell phone turned off for days without the SIM chip in it and without using it for any contact whatsoever. The battery will die. Only because it is used as a tracker. Leave the battery out for the same amount of time and see if it (the battery) dies down in the same fashion.

Nemesis

It's not even on a separate chip anymore. You can't turn it off or remove it.

SamAdams

There are ways around the loss of privacy, you know. Look it up. And then turn off the GPS chip in your phone, set your browser to reject cookies, don't engage in online banking, etc. and so on. Sure, there are still some things you're stuck with, but just accepting it all because "there's nothing I can do" ISN'T one of them.

Contango

In the late 19th and early 20th Century it was the "anarchists," then it become the "communists."

With the fall of the Soviet Union, the American Political Ruling Class needed a new enemy in order to propagate the military industrial complex and it's Endless War and so it found them in the "terrorists."

The names change, the wealth and power grab - NEVER.

We (the govt.) need to restrict your life, rights and liberty, in order to preserve our way of life, rights and liberty. Makes sense huh?

Blues

"Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I'll be watching you.

Every single day
Every word you say
Every game you play
Every night you stay
I'll be watching you..."

The Police...ca 1983

They were ahead of their time.