Sunday, November 01, 2020

It's My Life

Occasionally E.F.F. takes a position with which this writer agrees. 

"Privacy should not have a price tag."  The price tag should not be set by the company that exploits your data, whether for what they might pay you if you agree to be exploited, or whether they sell your data to someone else... or what they extort from you as their price to you  for NOT revealing your data to others.

Among the many shocking revelations, Hayley Tsukayama suggests (although this writer has paraphrased) that the information that Person XXX has erectile dysfunction is worth about 0.08 cents.  Imagine what it might cost the real Person XXX if they do not have erectile dysfunction, but an insurance company has bought the list and factors ED coverage into the choices of policies they are willing to sell to Person XXX.

Have you ever received a call from a telemarketer whose apparent purpose is Medicare Fraud, who appears to be convinced that you are on his list as being Diabetic in need of supplies mailed to your home, or/and a chronic pain sufferer in need of multiple supportive braces at no cost to you? Has it occurred to you that they really did buy a list, and false medical information about you is out there in the wild?

Apparently, if you went to "the wrong school", or if the public records falsely claim that you went to "the wrong school", your credit rating may suffer, you may not be able to secure the sort of loan or credit card for which you ought to qualify.  You can also, apparently, suffer by association if someone in your neighborhood is an asshole or a villain or an incorrigible debtor. Some of these sites will list neighbors whom you have never met as if they are close friends.  Bad luck if you live next door to a major felon!

Bad luck, too, if the sites list an old address (perhaps your parents' home) as your primary residence, and your true city of residence --now you have left the nest and bought an apartment of your own-- retroactively denies you a Homesteading deduction on your property taxes.  That can cost thousands in additional taxes, interest and penalties and is very hard indeed to appeal.

In "Why Getting Paid For Your Data Is A Bad Deal" On data and privacy,  Hayley Tsukayama of E.F.F (the electronic freedom foundation). makes many good points:

Her revelations about "location" might make a person nervous about some of those fitness trackers, not to mention smart phones (which we have discussed previously).

Trisha Anderson, Yaron Dori , Lindsey L. Tonsager, and Kurt Wimmer  blogging for the law firm Covington & Burling LLP discuss How The Upcoming Election Could Change Privacy Laws in the US.

Although there seems to be bipartisan agreement that something should be done about any individual's rights to access, to correct, and to delete their own permissionlessly posted "data", the prospects of any legislation before late 2021 or 2022 are less than rosy.

For Wilson Elser, legal bloggers  Marisa Trasatti  and Benjamin Kerr  have generated a 2020 Data Privacy Compendium aimed at helping businesses stay on the right side of data privacy laws.

As authors, we might collect and retain some information about readers and newsletter subscribers, whether intentionally or accidentally. It might be worth checking out the compendium, especially if one has readers in California.

Meanwhile, sites will sell your data for $50, $39, $5, $1, fewer than 10cents, and although there is verbiage on the sites asking customers to promise not to use the data to make credit decisions, renting decisions, hiring or firing decisions... if they plan to hack your title and steal your house or otherwise steal your identity, the likelihood is probably nil that their click in a consent box is going to be honored.

Sites that sell your information include truthfinder, peoplesearch, peopleconnect, wink, USSearch, zabasearch, yasn, IDTtue, Intellius, Looku, Nuwbe, peekyo, peoplebyname, peoplelookup, privateeye, peopleverified, been verified, spy, spokeo, radaris, public records, peoplesmart, people finders, lookupanyone, family tree, emailfinder, dexknow, truthfinder ....  and more.

Doxxing is apparently legal, but especially when an internet company does it for profit. Here is some helpful info:

All the best

Rowena Cherry   


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