A couple of days ago our "household" rec'd a letter from Michigan State University announcing that we would be called to answer a 20 minute survey which is a combined effort of MSU and the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (Center for Disease Control connection.)
In the letter it stated "Your privacy will be protected to the maximum extent allowable by law." That phrase was repeated when the lady called to conduct the interview. Since I was at home alone at the time I became the interviewee. I asked her what it meant and she said she had no clue but gave me a toll free number to call to find out--which I did. That really nice young lady also told me she wasn't sure of the meaning but that she had questioned it and would call me when she rec'd an answer. Of course, I will then relay the information to you.
That was just the beginning!
Today one of the news items had to do with the IRS sharing our financial information as a way to determine who might or might not be eligible for health care insurance subsidies. Oh, really? Why in the world would the government need to make all our information available when only a percentage of folks would be asking for a subsidy?
In fact, when folks ask for help now, isn't it common practice that they make out a few forms and probably give copies of income tax forms to help determine eligibility?
Have they no sense of security? Have they not heard of hospital staff people selling information to the tabloids? What makes them think that there is anything at all sacrosanct about personal financial information? Is it because we're all just a bunch of numbers? What happened to privacy? (As I recall, it was "privacy" that allowed women to get to the point of abortion on demand--guess it depends on whose privacy we're talking about.)
I just have this gut feeling that a Freedom of Information Act request would be all it would take for just about anyone to learn whatever they want about your personal health and your personal wealth or lack of it.
Talk to you tomorrow-