Who really, has access to your private information?
How much of your personal information do you share when filing out forms, documents, and surveys that are often needed to conduct daily life in the twenty first century? Do you openly share important personal information such as your social insurance number or blood type, or maybe your yearly income? Most of us these days like to keep our personal tidbits pretty close to home, especially with the rise in identity theft, telemarketing rings, and online scams in the last several years.
...Again this morning, many British Columbians, especially those from the Lower Mainland, are most likely wondering about how safe their private information is in the hands of many organizations that collect bits and pieces of our identity everyday, for what ever reason they may have.
Whether it is medical records, Driver’s Abstracts, or identification information, we are now finding out that much of this collected data is available to the hands and eyes of quite a few more people than you may think...
Most of us are rather weary about even sharing our address, or birthday, or even phone number these days. Although most of this info can be found somewhere within a phone book, online directory or social media site, still this is information in most cases, we choose to share.
Even in the online world of tweeters twittering about everything from their bra sizes to what they may have found up their nose that morning, the fact of the matter is that these people are freely offering up these thoughts they share. It is also, a far cry different than having your personal files and documents that have been collected by facilities entrusted to protect that information, basically ‘sharing’ it without your authorization.
Although in generality, most people could care less about who passes across their file in the government office or medical clinic, or where their private information is stored, this is not the point! In today’s world, all ‘private’ information should be secured under lock and key, or maybe the use of the password would be more appropriate to this situation.