Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Voting Records, Identity Theft and Privacy Considered

n the future you'll be able to vote with your cellular phone or some personal electronic device, but one has to ask if you voting records will be stolen, used against you or manipulated in some way? Perhaps, hacked and used by some voting conspiracy plot. The information about how you vote, who you voted for, and which initiatives you voted against are all somewhat valuable to marketers of products and services.

After all, companies pay huge amounts of money each year collecting data, analyzing the data, and using those demographics to sell more, tap into additional market segments and make a hefty profit in the process. Perhaps, the question is; are Americans ready for voting machines or software controlled voting apparatuses that work like this, or are they too paranoid of such technology right now.

We've all heard the rumors about Diebold and watched Hollywood Conspiracy Movies on the subject of voter fraud in elections, and we know from our history that voter fraud does exist, as it is human nature and we often have scoundrels running for office. Still, if your information can be stolen when you vote and your vote stolen too, one has to ask if the American People would ever trust such a system.

Indeed, you do not have to be a conspiracy theorist to see the problem or become paranoid of the potential eventualities and challenges such a system would or will create. It might be time for you to start thinking about this now, before someone dreams up the scheme and launches the technology in real life?

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