The staff here is not usually a fan of legal action as means to problem solving, but this fella seems to be on to something.
The abysmal state of consumer rights and especially the right to privacy when it comes to personal data screams for a solution. Government is too interested in pleasing corporations before the electorate to solve this one.
Enter the dreaded class action lawsuit. A Chicago firm has specialized for years in bringing class action suits to force companies to change their data gathering practices and respect personal data. Its obviously financially motivated and for the most part the tactics it uses are not admirable methods of change, but they seem to be effective. This firm is following the Silicon Valley M.O. of the moment: disruption. They’re disrupting the Silicon Valley practice trading personal data for piles of cash. Silicon Valley should laud them for their creativity.
Everyone loves Uber and the taxi industry needed reform and disruption, but they’re a negative disruption which will ultimately be seen as a vehicle for indentured servitude and low quality service. They may ultimately be lauded for bringing about positive change, but their methods will be looked down upon. Ditto for these lawyers. We need disruption in the data gathering biz, especially disruption favoring consumers and privacy. We may not like the method, but we will be appreciative of the results.
More transparency especially on costs can only help the healthcare industry.
Opaque billing and costs in Medicare and throughout the industry are a huge part of the problem.
I just hope there is no way to mine data about patients from this.
NYTimes: Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts
Finally a taste of their own medicine. A new company is gathering data about corporations and putting it all in one place.
Expect to see some reports about the nefarious deeds of certain companies as a result of this data aggregation.
Shortly after a new corporate scandal erupts exect to see corporate lobbying for rules about data aggregation, privacy, etc.
I wonder if this data could show just how much corporate welfare companies rely on.
NYTimes: A Harvest of Company Details, All in One Basket
Rather than waiting for Big Data to regulate itself, or for the government to catch up, the author points out that many of us will begin to buy back our privacy little pieces at a time with various existing and yet to be developed technologies. The staff here has been waiting patiently for many such services. First on the list is a Mozilla or Ubuntu phone. Little else will be effective when the technology underlying our chief communications devices are developed for the express purpose of gathering and reselling data.
Not long ago, we would have bought services as important to us as mail and news. Now, however, we get all those services for free — and we pay with our personal data, which is spliced and diced and bought and sold.
Those who aren’t bothered by that exchange should keep in mind that our data is used not just for advertisements. It has also been used to charge people different prices based on their personal information. It has been used to provide different search results to different people based on their political interests. It has been used by the government to identify possible criminal and terrorist suspects.
The food industry can offer some possible answers to those questions. Our government enforces baseline standards for the safety of all food and has strict production and labeling requirements for organic food. It may be time to start doing the same for our data.
NYTimes: Has Privacy Become a Luxury Good?
Brick and mortar stores seem to think its ok to spy on customers because their inline competitors do. Since when did we decide that anyone should have the right to surreptitiously gather personal info?
We didn’t because NobodyisFlyingthePlane. Its time for Federal guidelines and limits on data gathering and privacy.
NYTimes: Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell
Nine out of ten people surveyed:
said they were worried that their data would be compromised and then used to steal money from them
So its not just the staff at NobodyisFlyingthePlane. Most people think the data explosion of the last decade presents problems.
75 percent said regulation preventing the misuse of personal data is not strong enough.
Most people think current regulation is inadequate. Will that lead to changes?
Well…just look at how things turned out for an overwhelming majority in favor of new gun control and background check legislation.
Apple keeps voice recordings of every Siri request and dictation you’ve made on your iPhone for 2 years. That is not good for privacy.
The staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane is evenly split between Android and iPhone so we well know that what one does so does the other. The slight differences in the length of time or methods of anonymization are irrelevant.
Everything you speak into your phone is stored on servers! Anonymizing the data is useless if the data itself contains personal info. A letter dictated might well include the name and address of the sender and recipient with tons of personal info squozen in between.