Just like the old saying goes, “there isn’t anything money can’t buy.” This seems to be true more and more each day as our government and business interests are becoming more interactive with one another. This time it is again involving the Internet; as our personal information or “data” is being sold and used for whatever the third party choses; despite lack of your consent. Although we can admit that this is one of the situations in which we would not have even cared about it if the situation had not been brought to our attention, its impact is large.
At the surface level the distribution of one’s somewhat useless information to a third party may admittedly not seem too harmful, however, that should not undermine the true magnitude of the threat it poses. It is illogical to think that our Senate has passed a measure that is set to repeal major rules and regulations the Federal Communications Commission has established to protect private information. For instance, according to Cnet.com these types of regulations have helped keep our private information secure by fining AT&T $25 million for not protecting personal information such as social security card numbers from potential hackers.
Is the potential profit to be made so great that we would risk our identities being stolen? Or even the fact that we are not asked nor notified that the information we input into the Internet will be sold and distributed to companies? The answers to those questions are definitely subjective based on whom you ask. Although, I would bet confidently that a majority of the owners of the information would not be happy about it. This scenario of prioritizing business over individual rights hardly seems new. We can see it with chattel slavery, the prison industrial complex, and pharmaceutical companies that disregard for the welfare of citizens by putting them at risk to potential dangers that could severely impact their livelihood. While we follow a capitalistic economic system that allows a free market, should any freedom be given to entities that strip anyone of their rights as a citizen? I feel as though if the government continues to prioritize business over it’s citizens, then we are doomed for destructive on a large scale. We the people need to pressure our Senators to focus on drafting laws that target critical issues such as homelessness, before we work towards deregulating who buys our personal information.