RAc Posted March 7, 2021 Share Posted March 7, 2021 10 hours ago, Don Taylor said: It is also worth pointing out that your government already has ready access to your banking records and all of your activities on the web should they want to access it. True, but it's also worth pointing out a few other things: 1. Governmental access requires permission of the disclosure by a judge (at least in all western democracies), so there is control over who gets access and who doesn't. 2. There is a significant difference between the interest of the government in the data and the interest of private companies (such as escrow companies). 3. The government normally doesn't resell the data for profit once they were able to gather it 4. (at least in Europe) a government is not allowed to reassemble unrelated data. For example, the social security services may get access to your health records, and police may get access to your financial transaction records, but the two may not exchange or merge the data belonging to the same person. Private companies (unless forbidden by law, but even then there are grey data paths) don't have sruples in putting together as many data about individuals from all sources as they can possibly get. So unless you believe that the government by definition is the enemy of the individual (as I understand some people do, especially in the US), I don't really see a point in your above statement. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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