Reader's view: Don’t let government intrude further on our privacy
In America, one of the most bipartisan issues in recent memory has been personal privacy, and it’s baffling to hear people talk about robots taking over the planet. The fact is we are really on the road to becoming just like the movie “Minority Report,” meaning in a hyper-security state where our information is at the ruling class’ fingertips and there is nowhere to hide.
Example: the White House is pushing the testing of an “identity ecosystem” in Pennsylvania and Michigan, where, in the name of “convenience” (the sister of sloth and apathy), people receiving government benefits would do so through a single, federally backed identity program. The problem is that those behind the program see it as the future for all online transactions, whether public or private. What this could evolve into is anyone’s guess. The issuance of national identification cards for all health care expenditures, tax payments, purchases, and other financial transactions doesn’t seem very far out.
Some will say, “What do you have to hide?” And that would be a perfectly legitimate question — in North Korea or China (where, by the way, a similar program was scrapped because it was too draconian). Such a question has no place in a free country. The real question should be, “Why do you need to know everything about me?” Those who cite “convenience” should be laughed out of the room.
In the end, this all comes from the reality that no human should be trusted with such power. Luckily, both Democrats and Republicans have strong champions of personal privacy in their folds. As the midterms draw near, let’s make sure what our elected representatives, no matter what their party, believe with regard to our privacy.