LETTER: Let the public choose who gets its personal data

To the Editor:

Sen. Marty suggests credit bureaus should allow for credit freezes without fee (“Protecting your financial identity shouldn’t cost you when others are at fault,” published Feb. 20 and 21). True, they should. The problem with this proposal however is that it treats the symptoms, not the malady.

Credit freezes seek to stop credit granting after the data has been compromised. Shouldn’t we instead be focusing on the root cause, the compromised data?

Personal information is increasingly being used for purposes which it was not intended. The notion that business cannot be performed without it is simply absurd. Despite this, businesses routinely ask for private information, then when they are subject to a data breach, they attempt to mitigate their responsibilities and instead seek to sell us data restoration services.

Shouldn’t the mission instead be preventing the use of our personal information in the first place? It was to Sen. Marty and others I wrote, many years ago. I suggested that the continued use of personal information was a disaster waiting to happen. I asked for their sponsorship of a bill that would turn control and ownership of our data back to its rightful owners; all of us. I never received a response.

If I want my data in a credit report or in a company’s database, I’ll give it to them. Our elected officials should take this same position. It’s good to be thinking of ways to protect personal information. It should, however, be a proactive approach, not reactive. I just wish Sen. Marty and others had taken me up on my suggestion years ago.

Hans Molenaar, Shoreview

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