I recently signed up on UnitedHealthcare website https://myuhc.com which is supposed to collect very personal sensitive information from a user.
I was surprised to see third party trackers into Social Media companies such as Twitter and Facebook !
That does not give me any confidence!! A medical health insurance company such as United Healthcare has practice of using third party trackers when I am supposed to share my health information and prescription data on that site.
Does the Privacy Officer for UnitedHealthcare has any clue what the team that cooks up such an application do to satisfy their marketing department or to save cost on data analytics software by resorting to use third party software components on their web site. This is a site that is supposed to protect PHI (Protected Health Information) data ?
If you are dealing with sensitive information – here is a piece of advice to web site developers don’t include such third party trackers!
I strongly suggest consumers demand more from such companies before parting with their personal information.
United Healthcare – Are you listening?
The flow of personal data through voice interaction is exploding via devices such as Alexa, Google Home Assistant and Apple Home Pod. While these devices provides convenience and claim privacy – do they really protect your personal data? Can we trust them with every personal interaction that we do in our homes? They are made to look cool and the wave of the future. However as long as they are connected to their servers one can never be sure how your intimate personal home interaction data will be used.
The ‘big brother is always watching’ is becoming a reality if you own such a device that is connected and controlled by their manufacturers.
May be there is a better way.
Unless we decouple the device manufacturers from the service provider and include personal privacy protection features that will completely anonymize the data that that is sent outside your home, we can never be sure.
Consumers must claim for this decoupling and complete anonymization. While Apple is making some efforts in this space we still have a long way to go. Apple who is not be in the business of selling and using personal data for their profit like Google, Facebook and Amazon; will be in a better and credible position to sell this concept.
Until the consumers are educated on the privacy implications of these devices big tech companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook who profit from personal data will continue to endanger user privacy.
So think before getting one of these devices that is always listening to you.
The desktop personal computer may be a thing of past, with so many mobile options from laptop to tablets and smart phones. The shift to small, powerful and mobile computing has made desktop computing irrelevant and unnecessary for most people. The mobile computing is also always connected to the internet and to the cloud services. Most people also use free services for their daily personal communication such as e-mail and messaging. However free services also comes with strings attached. Though we don’t realize this every personal communication data goes through the free service providers servers that siphons your important personal data and use them in ways most people will never comprehend. Personal communication such as e-mails and file (e.g. photo) sharing has become such an important part of everyday life that it is impossible to live without these services. E-mail service requires an internet domain name. Most people use @gmail.com or @yahoo.com or a host of other free services. Until now setting up a personal communication server using ones own personal domain name has generally been an endeavor that only tech geeks would undertake.
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For all those IOT fans out there, here is an interesting reading:
More IoT insecurity: the routers that take instructions from anyone
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Read about the vulnerability in LastPass password manager. If you really want to use a password manager use a local password manger such as free KeePass. The idea of trusting software that would sync your passwords via cloud is really not a good one. With convenience comes the risk of breach.
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