Fandango’s One Word Challenge (16 October 2020)

When the Cambridge Analytica story broke, the thing that struck me was that people were generally so gullible, assuming that their data was worthless when, to companies such as Cambridge Analytica, it is far from worthless.

I think that the public must get used to every piece of data they give away being stored in a database somewhere, forever. I don’t say that this is necessarily wrong, and it is certainly inevitable, but we should understand that some of the reasons for using that data will not be as innocent as we’d like to think.

I have two birthdays, my real birthday and one, memorised, that I use with every online app which for some reason (we might well ask why) wants to know – including Facebook. Two sets of presents? I wish.

Our data has value.

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), intangible.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Formerly Stroke Survivor UK. Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

22 thoughts on “Fandango’s One Word Challenge (16 October 2020)”

  1. I agree mister Bump ! Our datas have so muche value, and may change the face of our future world. Not only in a good way. Sending decoys is a very good idea.
    All our usal datas are stocked in US servers, and our european laws have no impact on them. I don’t like it at all… it comes close to the notion of data theft…

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      1. Dans un monde globalisé, avec des Clouds qui permettent d’ignorer l’endroit où est stockée l’information, se baser sur l’endroit de stockage est un non-sens. Se baser sur la nationalité du logiciel gestionnaire est un non-sens. Ce qui ne change pas c’est l’endroit où est le propriétaire de la donnée. Les données qui me concernent doivent m’appartenir, les lois actuelles ne prennent pas cela en compte.

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  2. My very first iPad was purchased on my behalf by my daughter while I was in hospital. To save me the effort she registered with Apple and downloaded a few Apps before bringing to me. As she was leaving she said. Oh, and seeing as you like to hide your actual age. Apple thinks you are ten years younger!

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        1. It’s all on your health, anyways. One of the reasons I loved volunteering on the Stroke ward was because I’d meet lovely people with great stories. One guy (in his 90s) told me about when he witnessed the Japanese surrender in WW2. Less glamourour, I once chatted to a woman who could tell me about the working horses on her parents’ farm, before tractors.

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      1. Isn’t it funny how, as teenagers, we used to be so excited when the phone rang? ‘I’ll get it!’ was screamed by me and my brothers and we’d race to get to it, often crashing into each other in the hallway, where the one rotary dial telephone sat on a special table. Kinda like a throne, now I think about it. Now? I don’t want to talk to anyone on the
        phone 🙂
        Also weird is how my two boys (Our Girl doesn’t have a mobile yet) get calls all the time on their mobiles and I have no idea who they’re talking to. When I was their age, everyone in the house knew who was on the other end, few exceptions aside, and probably were listening in, as well.

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        1. My mother used to have this infuriating habit of interrupting people when they were on the phone. “Do you want a cup of tea”, she would ask, and I’m like “fuck off, can’t you see I’m speaking to someone?” Ah, memories…

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  3. I write about this all the time, in my paid capacity. Data overwhelms so many businesses and they don’t have adequate frameworks in place to store, protect, leverage and (eventually) delete it appropriately. Add to that, as you say, so much information is collected that isn’t necessary to the organisation.
    And I love your two birth dates idea 🙂

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    1. I think the amount of data is our saving grace as citizens – that there is so much of it, it is like looking for a needle in a haystack. The Public Sectror does not attract the best talent and they are overwhelmed. But there are smart people out there who can mine it effectively.

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