Our basic freedoms are under attack
In our daily business we feel free to do normal, every day things. It is true our lives seem free. However, over the last fourty years our personal lives have slowly become subject to more and more scrutiny.
Since the development of database systems we have all become targets. Our technological society maintains hundreds, perhaps thousands, of data files about us. Most are dispersed. Companies, health care, retailers, councils, central Government, police, websites – all these, and more, keep data on us.
About this site
Information technology, especially database technology, is involved in every part of of our lives. This is happening even without our personal participation. Certainly we are not involved in setting most databases up. We definitely do not agree our information can be committed to most of them. And the way they all interact can build a story about us. One that is not verified by us or corrected by us.
This data complexity in our society has hidden dangers. These dangers affect even “good people” who “have nothing to hide”. Data Distress is a website dedicated to opening up these dangers and threats to our privacy and freedoms.