We need to push back against collection of private data, its misuse

Bright and early on a recent morning I received an email telling me I am enrolled in a class action suit against Virginia Mason Franciscan Health because of alleged ransomware attack and theft of personal information, including medical info and usage data.

Days ago I read that the newest cars can record conversations and locations and companies are selling that data.

What is my personal worth anymore? What is the value of our individual identity? Are we only worth what other people can monetize about us? If I don’t have privacy in my home, my car, in the store, on the streets, in my medical conversations, where can I be just me? Where can I relax?

Whom can we trust? Without privacy, we lose our souls. We become distrustful of our environment and the people around us.

How do we push back against these massive invasions into our personhood? Some monitoring is necessary, but most collection of data about our personal lives today has no purpose but for others to make money off us.

Any way you look at that, it’s elementally wrong.

Suzanne Davis


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