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Data Security for Consumers
One who should know: „You have to fight for your privacy or you will loose it“ © Eric Schmidt, Chairman Google, 2013
Data scandals in 2008/2009 have shown that even in the private sector people were monitored illegaly and personality profiles are stored. This is done at two levels. First, the employee is monitored by his company and interfered in his privacy, on the other hand everyone is monitored as consumer in order to use these data collections for increased business success.
In many areas we are being monitored and profiles are build. The following examples actually affect most people in Germany.
All health insured people in Germany, that means everyone, will get an "electronic health card". Health data belonging to an extremely sensitive area of life. There are entire industries that interested on the processing and sale of such data. Due to the scope and detail of the electronic health card data, the potential for abuse by criminals and by the private economy is enormous. The planned infrastructure, and especially the procurement of sub-projects have serious doubts about the statements that the data will be secure.
Every monthly a set of special data will be sent to the central "German pension insurance". So the data of the approximately 40 million working people in Germany should be stored. This is the income, social as well as personal information such as absenteeism, warnings, participation in "legal" or "illegal" strikes.
Here you (still) can fight back. These cards that a promise to a discount (a few parts per thousand) but shopping is voluntary. No one has to get such a card like this. Such loyalty cards store the personal shopping behavior. So conclusions about your future purchases and the size of your purse can be derived. This can have a direct impact on the credit-worthiness (see Fig. Scoring).
Sooner or later we all will be photographed by the camera car of Google street view. Google does not ask beforehand whether we or other people we are together or just sunbathing want to be put into the Internet.
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Category: Verbraucher- & ArbeitnehmerInnen-Datenschutz Short-Link of this page: a-fsa.de/e/1a7
Tags: FsaMitteilung, Verbraucherdatenschutz, datenschutz, Gesundheitskarte, ELENA, Jobcard, Payback, Maut, PKW, LKW, Kundenkarte, Google, Street View, ScoringPersoenlichkeitsprofil, Ueberwachung
Created: 2009-09-06 10:11:34 Hits: 10425
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