Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
On October 3, the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Department of Defense reached a settlement in federal court challenging the DoD's leaking of military and personal information belonging to service members and veterans. The settlement established protocols to identify and prohibit third-party data brokers who sell data for unauthorized commercial marketing purposes.
While this settlement acknowledges long-standing grievances, it does not adequately address the very real damages experienced by the men and women who wear or have worn the uniform of this great country.
Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but your iPhone is watching you 24/7. Many of the conveniences that come with your smartphone come at a cost to your privacy and security. And while you can’t own one of these pocket computers and be totally off the grid, there are a number of ways you can share a little less information with it, as detailed by Life Hacker.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is facing increasing scrutiny over more than 10,000 privacy violations and mistakes since 2011. A yearlong ProPublica investigation into privacy violations at various medical facilities reveals breaches ranging from mistakenly sending documents and prescriptions to the wrong people, to intentional snooping and theft of veterans’ and employees’ personal information.