Sunday, April 15, 2018

An Inconvenient Bargain

One hears that Facebook may be violating or planning to violate cell phone users' medical privacy.

Targeting pharma advertisements seems wrong to me. Would the business that selected persons for pharmaceutical suggestions have any liability if their targeted recommendations proved seriously unsuitable for the targeted person?

Hospitals post signs advising visitors not to use their cell phones, but not explaining why not. Perhaps it is because cell phones have GPS, and therefore, strangers and authorities could know that the cell phone owner is inside the hospital, perhaps even in which department, and for how long.  Of course, most modern cars will tell strangers and authorities that the car owner is in the hospital parking lot.

Was there an ulterior motive behind "Cash For Clunkers"? Why did those surrendered clunkers have to be crushed? At the time, we thought that Big Brother didn't want spare parts available to repair older gas guzzlers, but maybe they wanted us all to be in trackable vehicles!

This You Tube skit from June 2006 on ordering a pizza in a world where salespersons have access to medical, credit card and financial records is prescient and very Jason Bourne.

And, this is a later version of the same video, with more detailed attribution.

All the best,
Rowena Cherry

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