jdreyer wrote on Nov 26, 2018, 23:07:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Nov 26, 2018, 17:51:
The information asymmetry is simply crazy at this point. You either unplug and refuse to participate in the electronic world, or you become a security professional in your spare time to try to begin to understand how to protect your information. And then you'll probably realize that you really can't. Don't want to give up your info? Then you can't have your cancer treated. The power and information imbalance is too great.
Well as far as cancer treatment goes, the data you give to health orgs is actually protected by HIPAA, although health orgs aren't always the most secure companies. But they are trying to improve, and at least they can't release your data without your permission, unlike say Apple, Google, etc.
When they require you to sign away your rights in order to get treatment, that's not really a choice. The second article discusses what you agree to when you undergo treatment, and points out that hospitals are not very interested in negotiating those terms. Your information becomes their information, to profit from in all sorts of ways. You have no real choice but to accept that.
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." -- Bertrand Russell (I think...)