There is no doubt that technology has invaded our lives. More and more
items have become "smart" and can now network with each other, a concept
known as "the internet of things" (IoT for short). While this might
seem like a nice convenience for certain small things, like turning the
lights on when you enter your home, IoT has snowballed into something
much more complex.
Because network technology is now everywhere--including in areas that
traditionally were network-free--the cybersecurity threat has
skyrocketed. Of particular concern are the threats to the automotive,
medical, and voting industries. Nate Cardozo, senior staff attorney for
digital rights organization the Electronic Frontier Foundation, stated,
"These companies have never really had to worry about security because
they’ve never really had anything with networking . . . Those companies
that have engineering staff but no security staff don’t know what to do
with a vulnerability report. And in my practice when I’m counseling a
hacker or a researcher whose doing vulnerability reporting, the big
guys, the software companies, those are nearly always seamless. Apple
knows what to do with a vulnerability report... But medical device
companies? They don’t have a f---ing clue."
While data collection originated with websites and applications, the
increase of tech in physical products has brought new kinds of data to
the forefront, including users' location and behaviour. While on one
hand, the data enables devices to automatically adjust to the users'
preferences, on the other hand, the potential for abuse is high--and not
just for credit card theft. A Harvard Business Review
article cites the example of Target's hacked data mining, which was
found to identify potentially pregnant shoppers--"in some cases before
they had told anyone."
Although alarming, typical data profiling goes much deeper. The information can be collected from a number of sources, including
"online and offline purchase data, supermarket savings cards, white
pages, surveys, sweepstakes and contest entries, financial records,
property records, U.S. Census records, motor vehicle data, automatic
number information, credit card transactions, phone records (Customer
Proprietary Network Information or "CPNI"), credit records, product
warranty cards, the sale of magazine and catalog subscriptions, and
public records." Information from these and other sources is combined to
create a dossier on each person. The dossiers may be further enhanced
by combining information from other databases with the existing one.
When dossiers are completed, similar individuals are classified into
groups (by race, income, location, health conditions, etc.). As EPIC
Electronic Privacy Information Center) states, "No aspect of an individual's private life is too sensitive to be categorized, compiled, and sold to others."
While one may think this information is for targeted advertising
purposes, that is changing, as well. There have been reports of this
data already being used for political voting persuasion and shopping
discrimination (based on income). In the future, this could extend to
job applications and loans. The Guardian has an article
that highlights the ways major companies collect your data and how to
manage/erase the data they collect. Their conclusion is that the easiest
way to avoid data collection is to minimize your exposure.
Ideally, you should also be limiting your exposure to EMF frequencies in general as much as possible. Goop lists some ideas below about ways to mitigate your exposure:
Dedicate at least one room in the house as a “safe haven” from EMF exposure. I
would suggest the bedroom where you can keep you and your family safe
by unplugging and disabling all electronic and digital equipment for
better sleep and regeneration. Remember the EMFs destroy melatonin—the
most powerful hormone in the body. Disconnect everything including your
wireless router and put your cell phone on airplane mode or better yet,
turn it off completely. I even turn off the electrical breaker to my
bedroom at night for the deepest rest possible.
During the day, be smart about your cell phone use.
Keep it away from your body as much as possible and turn it off you
when you don’t need it. Even when you’re not using it, it’s still
signaling. Use a landline or a service like Skype (on a hardwired
internet connection) for longer conversations. And most importantly,
keep cell phones away from young children. They may be a convenient
distraction or “babysitter” but the possible long-term DNA effects just
aren’t worth it.
to beat EMF free radical damage by including more turmeric, garlic,
artichokes, blueberries, sea veggies, and tart cherries in your diet. These foods are especially high in antioxidants and minerals which are EMF protective.
those with major sleep problems, consider a time-released melatonin
supplement that supplies three specific fortifying minerals that can
help repair EMF-related damage and neutralize free radicals. (We would, of course, recommend Melapure Melatonin for maximum efficacy.)
you’re really concerned about electromagnetic exposure, consider
engaging the services of a professional EMF remediation expert.
The individuals can be found through the Institute for Building Biology
& Ecology. When I was writing Zapped, I consulted with an expert
and was astonished to learn the long-distance cell phone radiation that
was permeating the master bedroom from four close-by cell phone towers.
Based upon the Building Biologist’s recommendations, we painted the
bedroom with a special RF-proof paint!
Health comes in many ways and so does protection, at Life Choice, we have you covered.
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