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  • Kevin B Ebert

TikTok and Equifax

I’m calling bullshit on the government's lack of consistency in response to and handling of TikTok privacy concerns and the handling of the Equifax data breach.

Our wonderful government is concerned that a Chinese owned company will collect and misuse personal data collected by TikTok. The data in question includes (if you opt-in): social-network contacts, your GPS position, and your personal information such as age and phone number along with any user-generated content you post, such as photos and videos.

Compare that to the data that was stolen from Equifax: Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, information from credit disputes, and other personal details.

So, the government is threatening to shut down TikTok usage in America or force a sale of US operations to an American company but Equifax remains in business despite the fact that 147 million people had the most sensitive of personal identifiable information (PII) and payment card industry (PCI) data stolen. And we are worried that 80 million TikTok users will lose some PII data already collected and openly shared by companies like Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms?

This is just stupid as fuck and I’m so disappointed in these discrepancies that our government is arbitrarily creating for political gain. When you look at it through this lens, it’s very easy to become cynical and assert that the government does not have our best interest in mind, and rather they are only interested in political gain. And it’s easy to assert that we are being manipulated into narratives that are agenda backed and not based on the real threat.

I proudly use TikTok and other social media platforms with my eyes wide open understanding of how my information is shared and used against me. It’s evident in the ads and other propaganda shoved down my throat while on these platforms. I look at it as a price to pay for sharing my Farm story and other misadventures that come my way.

But I’m not happy now that for the rest of my life, I’ll have to maintain credit freezes and locks and monitoring of information shared by my banks and other credit institutions that I have no option to opt-out of.

This is ass-backward.

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