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January 21, 2020

The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

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Corporate America is not your friend. They will monetize everything about you at the expense of your social privacy, your physical safety, your vulnerability to cyber-scams, and worst of all the government's access to your personal...everything.

I haven't trusted my government in a very long time, and corporate America isn't far behind in my distrust of practically everything they do.

Hospitals Give Tech Giants Access to Detailed Medical Records

Microsoft and Providence, a Renton, Wash., hospital system with data for about 20 million patient visits a year, are developing cancer algorithms by using doctor's notes in patient medical records. The notes haven't been stripped of personally identifiable information, according to Providence.

And an agreement between IBM and Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston, to jointly develop artificial intelligence allows the hospital to share personally identifiable data for specific requests, people involved in the agreement said--though so far the hospital hasn't done so and has no current plans to do so, according to hospital and IBM officials.

Can any of you count the number of times in the past few years that large company's databases were hacked, and detailed information about their customers was released, or sold, or manipulated? And nobody cares. it has become ubiquitous.

Imagine the worst-case scenario here...all of your medical information, including your doctor's private notes about you and your health and your psyche and your predilection for whatever you consult your physician about...being emailed to your boss or your pastor or the local cops or Antifa or The DNC or any one of hundreds of websites that salivate over making public that which is intensely personal and private.

Push back. Don't sign releases without reading them. Just say "NO!" to every request for all but the most basic information. And even that isn't usually necessary. Minimize your exposure to this horrendous assault on our rights.

Why does the checkout clerk need your email address and phone number? Why does the officious little prick behind the glass partition at your physician's office need anything other than your insurance numbers?

"Mind your damn business!"


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