04 Nov 2019

Halloween is Soon to be the Only Anonymous Day. Good or Bad?

All of those family photos and selfies you have uploaded to your favorite sites have helped governments and big tech create your digital identity. Your government digital identity is refined with each new verified drivers license photo and each facial image captured at the border when you return from your Cancun vacations.

When you first see your government digital identity used in real time, it really is quite shocking. Walking up to your United Airlines gate at Houston airport (this is currently limited to some flights), you simply walk right onto the plane. There is no need to check boarding passes or verify your ticket is for the right flight.

As you walk up to the gate, gate mounted cameras capture your face in real time and match you to a massive database of government digital identities, and (assuming you are supposed to be on that fight) you just walk right on the plane without pause, as long as there is no loud buzzer rejecting you for some reason (an unpaid parking ticket?).

No ticket, no problem. Amazing technology.

But wait; what else is associated with your government digital identity? Over time, your digital identity will include a vast compilation of data in a variety of categories, following you around wherever you go.

Think of it as a mini-database of YOU, associated with the contours of your face, matched to you whenever you drive past traffic cameras at intersections, security cameras at stores, bank cameras at the ATM, etc. This mini-database is a treasure of information gleaned about what you like, dislike, who you like and dislike, who you connect with, your habits and hobbies, your frequently visited locations, and much, much more.

With an explosion of new digital identity scanning technology, any specialized camera connected to a facial recognition digital identity database may reveal far more than just who you are.

Some people may love this. Not only will they be able to board airplanes faster, but next time they go to a gathering of people they barely know, they can simply wear facial recognition glasses that will display the name, (and probably soon, the likes and dislikes) of the people they simply look at, in a tiny screen on the inside of the glasses lens.

Wow, this will make it far easier to network and strike up conversation at your next business or social outing. These glasses, called the iFalcon (see picture) are just the amazing beginning.

Some people think this is scary. The next time you go to ring your friends doorbell, their doorbell camera may not only display your face on their phone, but also your name, and perhaps your secret likes and dislikes!

One sure bet. Everything you do digitally may soon be associated with your digitized face. This will include what you email to others, and what they email to you (including what your professional advisors send you), as of course all of your email addresses and phone numbers will be associated with your face.

One way to safeguard some of your private information to ask your advisors to use RMail’s simple to use email encryption (join an RMail web training session or see a video) when they communicate with you; and to use it yourself plugged into Microsoft Outlook or Gmail (click for RMail encryption app downloads).

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