Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 13:35:06 +0100
From: J <>
Subject: Re: Ominously standard OnStar

Four Weis wrote: > > You may be too little and too late. I worked on IT projects that linked > FBI, SSN, INS, DMV and Welfare databases together. If you went to get a > driver's license, or applied for a job or for benefits - all the databases > were searched to verify your identity, as well as other facts. On-Star > should be the least of your worries. If you were ever in the military, > police/fire department, held a security clearance, or arrested, your > fingerprints are on file. There are computer systems that read your thumb > print online to verify your identity. Rumor has it, the car rental > companies are starting to use this system. > > Privacy as we once knew it is long gone - all in the name of security. > Not entirely. Computer systems are not intelligent, they can be fooled if necessary. 99% of the time computer tracking and database linking does not matter that the the slightest, but what if you have a mistress, planning to surprise someone or perhaps you do not like people to indulge into your medial, employment or educational history for the wrong reasons ? In many circumstances you have a choice to provide the computer with misleading information without actually doing anything illegal. Just to keep the busybodies busy. In conclusion: It is not all one-sided big brother, don't just accept it if you don't like IT. Johannes

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