Is Our Personal Information Ever Safe From Google?
ORDERING PIZZA In 2021
This is a new kind of blog for me. I read this piece and couldn't resist republishing it on my blog. It speaks volumes about the lack of security for our personal information. Before long, Google will know our thoughts -- even in advance of having them. It's scary times indeed.
CALLER: Is this Pizza Delight?
GOOGLE: No sir, it’s Google Pizza.
CALLER: I must have dialed a wrong number. Sorry.
GOOGLE: No sir, Google bought Pizza Delight last month.
CALLER: OK. I would like to order a pizza.
GOOGLE: Do you want your usual, sir?
CALLER: My usual? You know me?
GOOGLE: According to our ID data sheet, the last 12 times you called you ordered an extra-large pizza with three cheeses, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and meatballs on a thick crust.
CALLER: OK! That’s what I want…
GOOGLE: May I suggest that this time your order a pizza with ricotta, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and olives on a whole wheat gluten-free thin crust?
CALLER: What! I detest vegetables!
GOOGLE: Your cholesterol is not good, sir.
CALLER: How the hell do you know?!
GOOGLE: Well, we cross-referenced your home phone number with your medical records. We have the results of your blood tests for the last 7 years.
CALLER: Okay, but I do not want your rotten vegetable pizza! I already take medication for my cholesterol.
GOOGLE: Excuse me sir, but you have not taken your medication regularly. According to our database, you purchased a bottle of 30 cholesterol tablets once, at Drug RX Network, 4 months ago.
CALLER: Well, I bought more from another drugstore.
GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your credit card statement.
CALLER: I paid in cash, OK?
GOOGLE: But you did not withdraw enough cash according to your bank statement.
CALLER: Well, I have other sources of cash.
GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your last tax return unless you bought them using an undeclared income source, which is against the law.
CALLER: WHAT THE HELL!!!
GOOGLE: I am sorry, sir, we use such information only with the sole intention of helping you.
CALLER: Enough already! I am sick to death of Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and all the others. I am going to an island without Internet, cable TV, where there is no cell phone service and no one to watch me or spy on me.
GOOGLE: I understand sir, but you will need to renew your passport first. It expired 6 weeks ago…
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Posted by Dr. Steven Mintz, aka Ethics Sage, on January 19, 2021. You can sign up for his newsletter and learn more about his activities at: https://www.stevenmintzethics.com/. Follow him on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/StevenMintzEthics and on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ethicssage.