‘Black Boxes’ and Consumer Privacy: Perception vs. Reality

March 21, 2005

  • March 21, 2005 at 4:28 am
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    This is Big Brother’s Cousin, Big Business, trying to “help” the consumer. This is a specious reason for the black box data recorder. Humans aren’t commoditized consumers.

    Insurance company actuaries already assess risk and set rates quite well without the black box. Insurance companies need to protect profit margins by avoiding the greedy & stupid undervaluing of risks by discounting policies or underreserving claims, etc. — not by tracking us with ever finer data tracking.

    I don’t want my driving monitored. There are cameras popping up everywhere, my debit card usage data is tracked, my internet surfing is tracked…where does it stop? Already we are tracked numbered, profiled, and scored in large private data banks that Nigerians can access. Businesses in their unrelenting drive to capture more personal data of current and potential consumers/customers want more info on each one of us.

    Just because we can doesn’t mean we should. Business/corporate data collection of individuals – alreay underway – will destroy our freedoms and privacy faster than any Patriot Act that so many are concerned about.

    (If I had more time, my comments would be shorter and more tighly written.)

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