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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
2/18/2017 2:32:50 PM
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Re: Consumer
@dcawrey: Meanwhile, the medical community is doing its darnedest to sell us on the benefits of ehealth solutions -- and, to be fair, those benefits are extremely compelling and value-adding in many cases.

And yet, the loss of our privacy is the bigger price we pay (you know...after the co-pay).

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
2/18/2017 2:31:05 PM
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Re: Ford rep once said Ford knows when "everyone breaks the law"
@mhh: Since performance and speed are selling points for these makers, I wonder if the super high-end Italian brands are any better.

In any case, your best bet is probably to look to the European automakers in general becasue of the privacy laws there -- but, then again, that can only have so much of an impact on US operations.

So, actually, your best bet is to drive an older car.  ;)

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/17/2017 3:51:42 PM
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What's the status of differential privacy?
Apple is supposedly working on a differential privacy scheme that anonymizes personal data at every step by introducing random noise into the data. So even if all the data that Apple collects is somehow leaked, no one (including Apple) could use that data to identify individuals. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Differential_privacy

I'm skeptical of how well this really works in practice, given the vast amount of data that could be correlated with other data troves -- and then analyzed to "weed out" the artificial noise. Perhaps there's some unbreakable math that prevents any complete privacy leaks (but then I have to wonder how valuable the collected information is at all...).

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/17/2017 3:45:16 PM
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Ford rep once said Ford knows when "everyone breaks the law"
A few years back, I remember a Ford rep saying that the automaker knows when everyone is speeding in their cars (and their exact location) due to the GPS sensors in their vehicles. 

http://www.businessinsider.com/ford-exec-gps-2014-1

Automakers have since tried to walk back from that level of creepiness, but the self-imposed data privacy agreements that automakers are setting up seem to be crafted to protect the automakers, not necessarily drivers. Is there any automaker with a better data privacy policy? 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/17/2017 3:39:00 PM
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Interestingly...
The headlines of major attacks at Target, Yahoo, etc, etc.. never seem to mention the actual damage to individuals. Companies give away a few free months of "credit monitoring" -- and everyone forgets about it. 

Has anyone come across more in-depth articles on what happens to all the data that is lost? It's sold to nefarious black hats but to what end? Just contributing to the rampant identity theft problems that already exist? How can anyone really protect themselves? 

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
2/17/2017 3:39:00 AM
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Re: Consumer
wHAT Is tragic is that it is beyond one's control.   

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Jeremy
Jeremy
2/17/2017 3:24:56 AM
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Re: Consumer
@mpourayan Sorry to hear that! Let's hope the machine-automated solutions do more to help than hinder us cybersecurity-wise in the long run. 

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
2/17/2017 2:32:30 AM
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Re: Consumer
Some further "food 4 thought" for all to consider:
How closely is Big Brother watching you?

How paranoid is too paranoid when it comes to privacy and security?

BY ADAM TURNER

End-to-end encryption is the new security mantra, but how far will you go to foil the thought police?

 



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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
2/17/2017 2:31:47 AM
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Re: Consumer
Just this week, I fell victim to another hack..Still in shock--the problem is we're at the mercy of those whom we have no control whatsoever on--and that's the profound challenge--as they all race to get things increasingly "machine-automated", we're left behind.

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dcawrey
dcawrey
2/16/2017 6:19:16 PM
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Consumer
The biggest worry I have as a consumer is compromised devices that have a lot of personal data. 

Right now, that would seem to count cars and medical devices as the most problematic. As a consumer those are the ones that scare me the most for sure. 

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