Stolen Data is a Risk, Here’s an Example of Altered Data That is Worse

Stolen Data is a Risk, Here’s an Example of Altered Data That is Worse

The entire system is based on the license plate database being connected to all of the automated plate readers. All it took for this to become a problem was for part of that not to stay safe. Since the license plate database isn’t, anyone can create a fake license plate, pop it on a similar-looking vehicle, and the collected data is tainted. All those people who had nothing to hide now have a system that assumes they were driving illegally, causing accidents, etc. They are facing actual fines, increased insurance costs, and possible arrests because of surveillance data that’s been hacked. Data that should show them as innocent but false information has been injected into it.

Shared Links (weekly) June 4, 2023

Shared Links (weekly) June 4, 2023

Congressional Think Tank Sees the Problem with Age Verification – Members Not so Much
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Congressional Think Tank Sees the Problem with Age Verification – Members Not so Much

Proving your identity and your age eliminates the ability for anyone to remain anonymous. You might argue that is a good thing, but I’ll take the opposite side. There are plenty of reasons for someone to remain anonymous online, and why we’d be worse off eliminating that. Whistleblowers, political dissidents of fascist governments, victims of childhood and spousal abuse, people dealing with mental health issues, women, the LGBTQ community, and many others have legitimate reasons to fear being identified. Do we want to eliminate them all from the public space?

Linked: Social media is no place for COVID-19 vaccination cards
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Linked: Social media is no place for COVID-19 vaccination cards

I don’t know, it seems like finding someone’s full name and birth date on social media isn’t really that hard, with or without the card, but maybe that information about where you got the shot and when could be used against you. It is private health information after all. Maybe it should stay that way?