BBC links: Privacy Concerns over States'/Corporations' Use of Personal Info

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    The BBC news articles below address privacy concerns
    over states' and corporations' use of personal data.
    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 -
    *Britain is 'surveillance society' -
    *Q&A: Radio-frequency ID tags -
    *Trust warning over personal data -
    *Is business the real Big Brother? -

    , Nov 5, 2006
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