Privacy, Democracy and Citizens’ Volition
I would today like to raise the issue of democracy and privacy — “HIPAA modernization: How to maintain patient privacy in an age of hyper-connectivity?” https://www.scmagazine.com/feature/application-security/hippa-modernization-maintaining-patient-privacy-in-age-of-hyper-connectivity
Privacy data protection would be a pipe dream where democracy is eroded. We could think of two different worlds with respect to privacy protection.
A. Password-protected world where our identity can only be established with our volition and memory confirmed. Here, our identity cannot be authenticated and our privacy data is not accessible to anyone while we are asleep, drunken or otherwise unconscious.
This world would be a bad place for dictators and criminals hungry for citizens’ privacy data.
B. Password-removed world where our identity is established without our volition and memory confirmed. There, our identity can be authenticated and our privacy data is accessible while we are asleep, drunken or otherwise unconscious.
This place would be a good place for dictators and criminals hungry for citizens’ privacy data.
Sadly, a number of big tech firms and quite a few security professionals are actively urging people to take the course of (B) towards a catastrophe of democracy and privacy data. We do wish that our democracy-centric governments will not listen to those perilous voices.