Life without Wi-Fi

Can you imagine such life!

Companies collect your Personal Data – you value your privacy; however, when you use Social media, there is no protection! Your thoughts, likes, images, etc. could be stolen for criminal uses. Google Data collection tentacles is active 24 x 7. And, there are more – Microsoft, Credit card companies, and Companies conducting contests.

It is impossible to to have a private life unless you move to an island without Wi-Fi.

During 2017, selected Google advertisers have had access to a new tool to track whether the advertisements they run online led to a sale at physical store in the USA. That knowledge came partly to a stockpile of Mastercard transactions that Google paid for.

Majority of Mastercard holders (2 billions) did not know of a secret deal between Mastercard and Google. With this deal, Google got an access to Mastercard data used measure retail spending. See how much consumer data technology firms secretly absorb.

Facebook feature ‘View as’ allows people to see what their profile look like to others. Attackers exploited code associated with the feature that allowed them to steal ‘access tokens’ that could be used to take over people’s accounts.

Such access tokens allow people to log into accounts without passwords. It also affected third-paty apps like Instagram. Till today, they don’t know who is behind the attacks. Credit card holders may face the same fate!

A sigh of relief – w.e.f. 01 September 2019, organizations will no longer be allowed to collect, use, or disclose NRIC (identitiy card) numbers, or make copies of NRIC, except when required by Law for individual’s precise identity verification is needed.

With NRIC number, hackers can unlock personal information like income details, residential address, medical records, ownership of vehicle or property. Contest organizations now can’t ask for NRIC number. Security guards at factory or office premises or residential condominiums now not allowed to retain identity card in exchange of Entry pass.

Now, one cannot use person’s name without consent.


Suresh Shah, Pathfinders Enterprise
My thoughts in wrting above are inspired by an excellent write by Mr. Tan Chee Teik, on Personal Data Protection


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