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Privacy

17 Jan

Google is a massive tech company that paved the road of web search. With adding tools like Google maps and earth, Google drive, gmail and developer tools, the little search engine became a large well-rounded hub, where people can access what they want, when they want, where they want. Google is able to access all the information a user inputs into it’s services, even wifi information used on phones run by android/Google. There has been much controversy over Google and its power when it comes to the tech giants ability to gain and access sensitive information.

Google has recently been under a lot of bad media due to rival companies like Microsoft. Google is a leader in app sales, and its because google hands over all the sensitive information mined and in putted by the Google users, according to Microsoft. The company is not transparent in what it’s doing with the user information, and users do not have an option to opt out. Not only is google accused of this in North America, but allegations overseas are being made against google as well. According to the fairsearch coalition, Google is using its android platform to dominate and monopolize the market, as well as to control consumer data. In 2013, Google had to pay $7 million to settle charges against the company for improperly collecting data from user’s wifi and the Google streetview application. The tech company also had to pay more to settle allegations that they had placed unauthorized cookies in the browsers of unknowing users. Although, Google didn’t admit to doing it during the case. While Google is giving out it’s users personal information, they are left to wonder, what exactly are other companies receiving about them. Google automatically stores our credit and debit card numbers, what we purchase, where we purchase it and how often it occurs, especially in the android app store. This is perfect information for a firm to better launch aggressive sales campaigns and ads targeting the users. With all the brainpower at google, what could happen with all of the personal and sensitive information such as age, gender, credit card number etc if someone decides to hack and steal the information saved, whether its from inside the company or not.

Google’s privacy policy says it collects any personal information the user gives including telephone numbers, credit card numbers, email address etc, what websites the user visits, device and login information, location information, and storage and cookie identifiers. This is fine since it’s all secure, right? On the privacy policy, there is mention of transparency and how the user may control what google can know about you. Only it mentions nothing of what they do with the information after they have it. Google states that they will not share user informations with companies unless they have our consent or believe the company will use the information properly. (in other words who has the biggest wallet?) Google encrypts a lot (not all) of the user information added to its services, offers a two step verification when logging in, as well as a safe browsing feature in Google chrome. Great, now users can safely browse the web, but google will still be seeing a lot of information in putted, and what happens with that? That’s where transparency is lost.

The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) is a Canadian act that governs how organizations collect and use the personal information they receive in commercial business. This law passed in April 2000 to promote trust in e commerce. Some of the key features of this act for the individual include: know why an organization collects, uses or discloses their personal information; expect an organization to collect, use or disclose their personal information reasonably and appropriately, and not use the information for any purpose other than that to which they have consented; know who in the organization is responsible for protecting their personal information;expect an organization to protect their personal information by taking appropriate security measures.

For the company, features of this act include: obtain consent when they collect, use or disclose their personal information; supply an individual with a product or a service even if they refuse consent for the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information unless that information is essential to the transaction; collect information by fair and lawful means.

While PIPEDA has good intentions, it is not fully protecting the average Canadian. This is because the act follows a ombudsman model which means complaints are taken by the privacy commissioner of Canada, where they will follow up and write a report. But it is not binding on any of the parties, so the company can take it as a recommendation and not something they actually need to do. Any company can say they’re only doing legitimate things with the users data, but behind closed doors might not be. In this society, if a Google user, or any internet user for that matter wish to have internet privacy, they should consider selling their computer; because no matter how hard a person tries, information will always be sent somewhere, whether its a phone number, credit card number or what website you visit the most.

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Scientology, What is it really?

11 Oct

Here is a little post I wrote few months ago!

Scientology teaches people that they are immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature… (sounds cool, right?)
To get you back on the path to your true nature, you go through counseling, known as auditing, in which the practitioners aim to re-experience painful or traumatic events from their PAST lives in order to move on and free themselves of the effects.
The core beliefs of Scientology is that each person is a ‘Thetan’ or a soul. To unlock your ‘true power’ one must go through auditing, which is very COSTLY. (Auditing removes the ‘negative’ influences and psychic barriers)

Only after large amounts of auditing, Scientologists are shown the esoteric origin MYTH involving an ALIEN OVERLORD and GENOCIDE.

Sure, that sounds cool… But is it?
The dangers of Scientology are great. Many former Scientologists and anti-Scientology activists have leaked many serious secrets by the organization.
Scientology violates the right to free speech.
Scientology is ‘legally recognized’ as a tax-EXEMPT religion in the U.S.A.
They violate HUMAN rights such as suspicious DEATHS, TORTURE, coerced ABORTIONS and human trafficking.
Illegal actions have been committed such as slander, libel, extortion, harassment and lawsuits (encouraged when directed toward those who challenge Scientology.)
They practice unsafe drug rehabilitation, and BOGUS educational organizations designed to infiltrate schools to recruit young people.

Spread the word and make people more aware!

Colorado Shooter- James Holmes. What Caused His Breakdown?

21 Jul

I’m sure by now, all of you have heard about the Colorado Shooting.

James Holmes, the man who shot, wounded and killed many people, had owned all of his guns and ammunition legally. Officers trying to enter Holmes apartment were perplexed by the amount of wires, trip wires, jars of liquid, and what looks like mortar rounds. I find it quite interesting, what would cause someone to do such a horrid thing, and rig his living space like that? He looks like such an average guy. James Holmes was a science scholar in college, he graduated with a neuroscience degree, but struggled with finding a job.
He ended up enrolling into A PhD program for neuro science, he was top in his class, and mainly focused on how humans behave. Quite interesting…
Teachers said he began to withdraw, and ended up dropping out. Maybe Holmes will confess his thoughts and explain why he had broken down and hurt so many. All the more curious that he studied human behaviour and neurological diseases. Possibly stress from bills? maybe his life was panning out exactly as he had hoped, not finding a career, not settled down yet, possibly.
Hopefully James Holmes will confess his thoughts to police, any explanation would be interesting to hear,
What causes a science scholar, top of his class, to break? Why a batman movie?
Could he have been trying to get a feeling of thrill? Holmes has never been in trouble with the law, not even a speeding ticket. If he wanted a thrill, why not go sky diving or rock climbing? Is it possible Holmes could have had a problem with the very thing he studied?
All we are left with is questions, that will soon hopefully be answered.

Let’s Talk Gay.

27 Jun

I was baptised as a Catholic. I grew up in a Christian atmosphere, I went to sunday school, got a bible, and I’ve even read the whole thing. I support same-sex marriage and homosexual couples. This fight isn’t a question of “Does the bible condemn this?” but a fight of morals.
In the Hebrew bible, it says “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22) and  “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”(Leviticus 20:13). This has been interpreted to be condemning Homosexual couples, and it certainly does look that way. But in Romans 1:26-27 it says “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another.” This passage is debated to go either way, some say that it is not a blanket condemning homosexuality at all. It is also arguable that Paul’s writings are ostentatious because of his support for slavery and his oppression of women.
I have always found this verse interesting though: Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, arsenokoitēs, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers, none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) I’ve interpreted this as, you can commit your sins, but if you repent, go to confession etc, you can still go to heaven. Now arsenokoitēs has been loosely interpreted to mean homosexual or sodomites. I believe you can take god in your heart and still love your own sex. Jesus only condemned the “abusive-sex” between same-sex, and has said nothing about homosexuality being wrong if it is in a loving, caring way. Something else comes to mind with this verse aswell, how many “Christians” and “catholics” who keep on fighting homosexuality have committed other sins? Aren’t there scandals all the time with republican politicians sleeping with other women, or mistresses? How can they still preach the bible if they are greedy, and steal, lie, and commit adultery? These things seem to be a lot worse than a simple couple wanting to get married and live their lives together.

This really lies within the person. You can choose to break away from what has been preached, you can choose critical thinking over being told what to think. Read the bible, interpret things for yourself, and even then, if you still believe homosexuality is wrong, at least you found out for yourself. I’m not asking anyone to believe its right and okay, just to find out for yourself. All you can do is try.

The Basics

25 Jun

Here are some things that you should know before doing anything.
I am nothing special, just a teenaged girl trying to make it into Canadian politics.
I am a Liberal, a Christian, a socialist and a tad bit crazy. I would support communism — IF the right people were in office, but I do not forsee this happening for a long time. Yes, I am christian, I believe in God. Many people associate that with being republican, conservative etc. I will not be caught spewing hate against anyone because of my beliefs! Something else I will not do is shove my beliefs down your throat. Although I will fight for what I believe in.