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Hello, citizen number 20-29178 here.  Have you ever wondered how much of your personal data is stored electronically?  Probably not, however you really should consider it.

Since the explosion of the Internet and online services for almost every product you could possibly want it is increasingly difficult to feel like an individual rather than an entry on a database.  My gripe is this, what is actually done with all this information collected by banks, insurance companies, and any other service you subscribe to?  Is there anyone watching over the actions of these people?

With billions of separate pieces of data...

Of course people will shout about the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, but in reality with billions of separate pieces of data sitting on an array of servers somewhere (and probably not even in this country), what organisation could possibly cope with the sheer amount of data being harvested and hoarded away?

For instance when my car insurance is due for renewal, company?s I asked for a quote several years ago send me a letter offering me insurance with them; an automatically triggered letter sent to an entry on their database at a set time.  I often receive unwanted phone calls around the same time from other insurance companies indicating that this information is shared between all the insurance groups and somehow they have got my phone number.

We are already on the cusp of the urban nightmare as predicted in the George Orwell novel 1984.  I am genuinely concerned that this information is being used to exploit and manipulate us at every turn.  As the advert for car tax dodgers said ?You cannot escape the computer? which is horrifying true, and all this is done under the cover of being able to offer better services, better products, reducing fraud or just about any other line that they think the public will swallow.

But consider this the Valuation office ? an executive agency of the Inland Revenue which values every domestic property in the country has a database containing information and in some cases digital images of the private houses.  They also have a complete history of property transactions, all very tempting and extremely sought after information by marketing companies and the like.  Do you really trust the government to hold all of this data and not sell it on or make available to other government agencies?

In short we are tracked, monitored and watched every day and this information is squirreled away to be used against you.  With the current advancements in technology what will it be like in ten or twenty year?s time?  Why should we allow ourselves to be exploited in this way, and is it too late stop the ?cyber-harvesters??

By: Citizen: 20-29178


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Boblet

Boblet

Blinking Heck I have given a plus for illegal immigrants without my noticing it.
Boblet
15th Apr 11 12:20

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Boblet

Boblet

It cannot happen here George we have to many people that cannot be traced in order to be brainwashed, big Brother needs a poulation with a German follow my leader mentality to flourish
Boblet
15th Apr 11 12:19

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george

george

you wanna stop the ever increasing chance of a big brother society happening? Then get off the internet and onto the streets! Together we stand, divided we fall.
george
15th Apr 11 12:03

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numbered person

numbered person

Big brother will be watching you at every stroke of the keyboard, every step that you take.They’re going to clamp down more and more as people continue to complain more and more about the injustices that are happening particularly on the economic front.
numbered person
2nd Jan 11 23:35

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unnumberd man

unnumberd man

numbered men require upto date information for the number system to work on the "you"
the information gathering stops at the point the numbers are stopped
well worth the effort
unnumberd man
2nd Jan 11 11:23

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Gawd

Gawd

20-29178 your time is up. Please report to the crematorium for recycling. Do not bring anything made of metal with you. Drink plenty of sugary drinks before coming.
Gawd
13th Mar 10 08:14

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unnumberd man

unnumberd man

if there are any of you,,, who are interested in a poem on the numbered men thats sure to increase awareness I will submit it or just get ya number and dont worry about it
unnumberd man
13th Mar 10 07:20

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unnumberd man

unnumberd man

the numbered men are the we an unnumbered man is a you get a number and you become a we and you will be checked by the we. unnumbered the numbered men look to an unnumbered man with the identification of you if anyone else is attempting to be unnumbered keep trying as numbers are the truth that we will use on you
unnumberd man
15th Feb 10 00:11

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Bukowski

Bukowski

I worked for a company that tried to coerce people into completing and signing a form that would enable them to find out everything about you - including your medical records. There is only one reason why these people want this information: so they can use it against you. I have since found out that this information is often sold to other companies. The whole thing stinks.
Bukowski
28th Oct 09 23:27

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

Have already posted on the gripe about us heading towards a police state, but wanted to say that all the people who blithely say "if you've done nothing wrong you have nothing to fear" are burying their heads in the sand.
I work for a smallish company & paid our corporation tax on time last year. Since than I have had two letters threatening fines for not paying it on time, plus a personal visit from someone from the tax office wanting to collect the money! Every time I tell them when we paid, & they look it up & find that I am right; but this doesn't stop them the next time!
This is just one personal example: what about all the data that keeps being lost & the total ineffiency of public bodies & large companies? (This country is still great at one thing; no-one does total incompetence like we do!)
Do you really want to trust your personal details to people who can't look after them?
Lives of people who had done nothing wrong have already been ruined by mistakes made by others in positions in authority.
grumpyoldwoman
23rd Apr 08 09:02

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Anonymous

Anonymous

Should we so readily accept this barrage of required information in order to trade? The beastly number. All this automation and required information that is in place, is fitting in perfectly with the notorious "man's number" three sixes that revelation warns us of. First six: (Oneself)date of birth always expressed as a six figure. Second six: (ones bank) sort-code. Not sure yet of the third, but I believe it will be to do with tax, possibly the number part of NI number, but not sure if this is accurate. However, once we can be identified by our unique set of numbers, this will become the only way of remaining in society, and if you cannot identify yourself with these numbers, you will become an outcast and a criminal by default. I think we ought to be aware of this system and its potential. Soon there will be no cash, we are being groomed into accepting a safe and secure system. I think not so safe!
Anonymous
2nd Aug 07 11:20

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Six Nine

Six Nine

Opinions, insecurities, your bank number, your sexuality. Emotional details, they're more personal, everyone has those other things.
Six Nine
15th Jul 07 17:39

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Non existent

Non existent

Six nine - what exactly would you call personal then if none of this is to you?
Non existent
28th Mar 07 21:52

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Six Nine

Six Nine

If that information is personal to you you're a bit a of a loser.
Six Nine
22nd Mar 07 19:14

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Personality

Personality

Not that "personal", Eh?

Information being shared.

How often you shop, where, what you buy?
What kind of car do you own, where do you fill up with petrol?
Are you insured?
How old are you?
Are you married?
What insurances do you have?
How much do you earn?
Where do you live?
Your name.
Who do bank with?
What credit cards do you have?
Do you have a mortgage?
What is the value of your house?
Are you kids at school?
What are their ages?
What are your qualifications?
What is your medical condition?

I could go on and on. I don't know if these could count as "personal".

Get real, these people know more about me and my life than I do myself.
Personality
9th Mar 07 11:30

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