Magazine article Insight on the News

Ain't Nobody's Business but My Own?

Magazine article Insight on the News

Ain't Nobody's Business but My Own?

Article excerpt

Big Brother" awards were dispensed at a recent conference on "Computers, Freedom and Privacy" in Washington, given by a watchdog group, Privacy International, to government agencies, companies and individuals viewed as having done the most in the last year to invade personal privacy in the United States.

The "Most Invasive Proposal" award went to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., or FDIC, for its now-sidelined "Know Your Customer" banking scheme (see "Snoops and Spies," Feb. 22). Sharing the limelight with the FDIC was Rep. Bill McCollum, a Florida Republican, who sponsored a bill expanding police wiretap authority to include various electronic devices. McCollum was saluted as the "Worst Public Official."

The "Greatest Corporate Invader" award went to Elensys Inc., a firm which purchased bulk customer records from 15,000 pharmacies. A "Lifetime Menace" award went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, indicating some image problems yet to be overcome by that agency.

All this drollery provides a thin veil for serious questions, such as why we consumers generally are such pip-squeaks when it comes to demanding ownership of information about us held by commercial firms, health-care providers, the government and who-knows-who? …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.