Saturday, August 13, 2016

Anna Johnston say NO to filling out the census! (which country am I in?)

Anna Johnston, a former deputy privacy commissioner of New South Wales in Australia, has decided not to fill in the senseless, oops, that census. She's got good reasons why. Read her story at http://www.smh.com.au/comment/why-i-wont-be-filling-in-the-census-tomorrow-20160808-gqnapp.html.

If I didn't feel like I was being sized up along with the rest of the population, I'd probably skip this; but I actually worked on the design of data matching and synchronisation for the biggest CRM user base rollout in the world some years ago; and I too know a thing or two that makes me nervous about this. Now having suffered a nasty car smash, multiple operations and loss of the family home, I'm not as prepared to fork out money I don't have to make a point. But remember this year's census people. I will be a watershed in intrusive data collection and usage by faceless people who don't have your interests at heart. They will correlate your religion to your dress sense and know when you pass wind if they match the 'primary keys' on all the data sets. Privacy will be taking a significant blow; and guess what? It's not just happening in Australia. If you're not sure the technology is available, just Google 'Big Data', 'Data Mining', and 'Identity Consolidation, Management and Synchronisation'. Whilst you're on technology, have a peek at the UN's page:http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/docs/symposium_06.htm.
Wow. The United Nations. If you've been keeping watch, you'' know the United Nations is gathering more and more power over countries, and they have a few things published about this whole affair as a worldwide phenomena too. But wait, there's someone interested in privacy: the Electronic Frontier Foundation!!! (to the rescue): https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/02/eff-un.
If you want a good read, take a look at:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/, http://unstats.un.org/…/dem…/sources/census/wphc/default.htm,http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/default.htm, 
http://unstats.un.org/…/demog…/products/vitstats/default.htm
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/dyb/dyb2.htm

Yes folks, the U.N. basically sets the tone for this whole global statistics gathering exercise, just like it did for the stimulus packages that sent most countries in the world into massively increased debt by pretending they could spend their way out of debt (yeah, it doesn't work for households either) :-)