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.
- Eat 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.
- For 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.)
- If 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.