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  • mashi3981
    Hello, The BBC news articles below address privacy concerns over states and corporations use of personal data. It includes medical records privacy issues and
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 28, 2006
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      Hello,
      The BBC news articles below address privacy concerns
      over states' and corporations' use of personal data.
      It includes medical records privacy issues
      and UK privacy commissioner's report.

      Thanks,
      Mashi

      The basic summary is the following:
      1. States collect personal info by various methods
      (eg:CCTV/closed-circuit TV in roadways).
      Corporations collect personal info by various means
      (eg:credit card transactions).
      2. The info collected by a single entity
      (state/corporation) is considered
      SEPERATELY BY ITSELF. The combination of
      data collected by different entities is NOT
      considered by many people.
      3. Corporations are now building their businesses
      by DATA MINING on previous customer interactions with them.
      This is common practice.
      4. If there are no safeguards to prevent corporations
      from **SHARING** personal info with other corporations/state,
      then IN THE FUTURE, an ECONOMY based on personal info
      will come up (eg: a business targets only rich customers
      based on info obtained from their bank records, insurance
      companies may turn down requests based on info obtained
      from health services etc).
      5. If there are no safeguards to prevent state agencies
      from **SHARING** personal info with other state
      agencies/corporations, it could lead to SOCIAL DISCRIMINATION.
      (eg: Traffic police may stop cars to do checks based on
      info obtained from other state agencies regarding race of
      the driver of car. ie. linking number plate to name, name to race,
      and race to probability of person committing a crime).
      6. Different ways outlined are CCTV(closed-circuit TV), number
      plate recognition, shop RFID, mobile phone triangulation, store
      loyalty cards, credit card transactions, electoral rolls,
      health service records, TV preferences recording, worker
      monitoring etc
      Although some of them apply to only DEVELOPED COUNTRIES
      (like CCTV), many could also apply to DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
      (like credit card transactions, mobile phones).
      7. Concerns outlined are
      a. loss of privacy
      b. loss of choice/consent by consumers
      c. discrimination
      8. IN THE FUTURE, when RFID (radio-frequence ID) tags become
      cheap, they could create 'AN INTERNET OF THINGS'.
      9. There are great risks if the info contained in the databases
      are wrong/inaccurate or if it falls into wrong hands.

      *How we are being watched -
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6110866.stm
      *Britain is 'surveillance society' -
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6108496.stm
      *Q&A: Radio-frequency ID tags -
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6055296.stm
      *Trust warning over personal data -
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/5172890.stm
      *Is business the real Big Brother? -
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/5015826.stm

      Thanks,
      Mashi
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