A Western Buddhist's Travels

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Privacy

In the news here in Canada, one of the main stories is about the issue of privacy, in regards to social media sites on the internet. Over the last few years Canada’s Privacy Commissioner has repeated a strong concern over lack of safeguards to protect users personal information on sites such as Facebook. Some companies will use the country with the laxist standards, and say we are being too heavy handed. It is interesting to note that twice over the last few years Facebook has announced major policy changes to enhance the security of users personal information worldwide, with in a day or two of accepting the requirements, that the Canadian Privacy Commissioner demanded.  As a Buddhist should we worry about privacy laws? If we use anonymity to say things that we would never allow to be attributed to ourselves, then we gain more negative karma then if we just said the things without hiding. However making sure that personal data is protected from those who would use it in ways to harm us, should be encouraged. In the same manner you don’t want everyone to have your bank card and pass pin code, giving them easy access to your money, nor do you want to allow people to have access to personal information, that could be used in negative ways.

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