What? The Internet Isn’t Private?

Nigeria.  Women in politics.  Persecution.  Ku Klux Klan.  Breast cancer. New York Times Best sellers.  Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Weather forecast for Hawaii. Median house prices in Southern California. Air flight prices to India.

All of these are things I recently looked up on the internet.  Put them together and they tell you a fair bit about me.

Our internet searches reveal a lot, which is why internet companies know so much about us.  And now our president saddled us with a new law that lets those companies sell all that collected data to advertisers–without our permission.  And not just to advertisers, either.  They can sell to anyone.  Insurance companies, for instance, who might want to know every detail of our health history before setting a price for insurance.  Or political parties, whose calls never end.  Or potential employers who want details of our personal lives.  And what about all those who have something in their backgrounds of which they aren’t too proud?  Could this new law even open them up to blackmail?

A whole new door to our privacy has not only been thrown open, but it has been completely ripped off its hinges.  And what can we do to protect ourselves?  Not much.  Except possibly going off-line.  Which is totally unfair.

Thanks a lot!

“The future is already here;  it’s just not evenly distributed yet.”

William Gibson, Novelist

About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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