Hello, IoT; Goodbye, Privacy

Happy belated new year, everybody. I know I’ve been offline for quite some time. It wasn’t intentional. My land line was cut off because someone posing as me requested that my line be transferred to another island. In short, someone stole my identity. Someone got hold of my complete name (with patronymic), date of birth, and tax number. She didn’t have my identity card number; that was forged. The police are investigating this seemingly pointless prank. No real harm done, except for the inconvenience. But that’s not the point. The point is, what else might this person do using my identity?

No one has the right to pretend to be me, or you, or anyone. It’s a crime. Imperfect in this case, because my information is NOT available online–hence the forged identity card with the wrong number. Nevertheless, I found the incident unsettling and decidedly creepy. A foretaste of a world where all of everyone’s personal data streams out constantly, leaving everyone open to such incidents–or worse. Identity theft is becoming common. It can cost people huge inconvenience, or a lot of money, or life as they know it. There are a lot of malicious people out there.

And that’s what’s wrong with the whole concept of the IoT. No way can all these personal details be kept private when everything passes through one portal–the Internet– and gets stored in the cloud. I hate the cloud. I was far happier in the days when I stored emails and such on my hard drive. I knew where it was. I could back it up. It was secure. I didn’t have to be online to do everything.

Don’t be suckered by the accusation that you must have something to hide if you aren’t willing to put every detail of your life online. The right to privacy is the right to reveal only so much of yourself as you wish to. Yet governments and companies are aggressively demanding that you tell them every intimate detail. Some insurance companies are now requiring that customers use wearables such as Fitbits so that they can track how much you exercise. Otherwise, they won’t insure you.

In doing so, these companies force customers to conspire in their own surveillance. Even Orwell couldn’t have imagined this. Just as bad is the fact that wearables, being wireless devices, depend on electromagnetic radiation (EMR) that is currently classed by the WHO/IARC as a 2B (possible carcinogen). Why would a health insurance company want its clients to use a potential carcinogen? The mind boggles. And there are a great many studies, including the recent ten-year, $25 million study by the National Toxicology Program, that indicate it is high time the WHO/IARC upgraded this classification to 2A (probable carcinogen) or 1 (carcinogen). So forcing customers to use wearables is criminal insanity.

With the IoT, you are the product. You are a collection of data that can be analyzed, sold and manipulated. The more they know about you, the more they can force you to comply with ever-increasing demands that would once have been considered ludicrously invasive. All this so your smart fridge can order milk or carrots when you run out? Is it worth it? Not to me it isn’t.

The attempt to invade my privacy made me furious. This is MY life. It’s the only one I’ve got and I intend to run it myself,making my own decisions and my own choices. I don’t want it run by a computer, a faceless corporation or some nameless government official. I want my privacy, and I most definitely want the IoT.

For the items pictured above,and more ways to protest the IoT, 5G and all things wireless, visit the Anti-Wireless Shop on Zazzle. Links from the Home Page of this site.

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