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Letter to Congress: Virginia Workplace Privacy Laws

Published January 15, 2019 by Paradise Kendra
January 15th, 2019
 

[Virginia Senate Email List]

Dear Virginia House and Senate,

Good afternoon.  I write to you with great concern regarding the lack of existing workplace privacy laws.
 
At the start of the New Year, my company decided to transfer all employee information including social security numbers, bank and credit card information, medical information, insurance information, tax information, contact information, marital status, headshots, and the social security numbers of our emergency contacts to a third party company.  We were neither informed nor provided any information about the company to whom all of this personal information was given.
 
I asked my supervisors what to do in the case of a hack or breach, and also whom to contact at the 3rd party company to ask about their security protocols.  Not only was I told that “breaches happen all the time, it’s just the age we live in” but I was prohibited from contacting the 3rd party company.  I then asked how I would go about having my information removed from this 3rd party company in the event that I no longer work at my present job.  I was told that my information would always be hosted on the 3rd party’s server as my company needs a record of all past employees.  I was told that I had no right to access nor change my information at any point in time, and to drop the issue.
 
This personal information is also now shared on our internal database for all employees to access at will.  I am not overly thrilled about every employee having instant access to my home address, personal email and telephone number, my emergency contacts, my marital status, and my insurance information.  Unfortunately from a legal standpoint, there is no action that I can take at this point.
 
Virginia has no laws in effect that enable an individual to protect his or her personal information in the workplace, nor any laws enabling the right to take action against a company who distributes and/or sells an individual’s personal data against his or her wishes.
 
The only information I came across as to what my rights were was from this resource: Invasion of Privacy in Virginia.
 
This article states, If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re a Virginia resident and believe someone has invaded your privacy. Before you get too excited about all the different causes of action you might have grounds to pursue, let me share with you the harsh reality that–with one narrow exception–Virginia recognizes none of these claims. Virginia does have a statute providing a remedy for a very limited and specific type of misappropriation of another’s likeness, as well as a law addressing computer invasion of privacy, but there is no cause of action in Virginia for “invasion of privacy” as there is in many other states…” and proceeds to provide excellent information on exactly what privacy rights Virginians do not currently have.
 
In doing further research on privacy laws in America, I also found these articles: The best and worst US states for protecting online privacy, Top States for Online Privacy;
 
In conclusion of this research, it appears that Virginia is in vast need of updating and/or creating privacy laws to protect its people.  I respectfully request that new bills be drafted and laws be implemented as soon as possible.  My information and identity depend on it.
Thank you for your time.


Paradise Kendra

Your Private Life, Now For Sale

Published April 4, 2017 by Paradise Kendra

Monday evening, Donald Trump signed SR Res 34, a bill to slash the FCC’s Internet privacy rules and allow Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T to monitor, collect, and sell the details of their customers’ Internet activity to advertisers.

A couple cyber privacy tips:


1. Use DuckDuckGo instead of Google.

2. Do not store personal health info, wallet info or any purchases on your smart phone.

3. Shop via telephone, in person, and/or on your malware protected computer whenever possible.

4. Report all robo calls to: http://complaints.donotcall.gov/complaint/complaintcheck.aspx?panel=2  It’s fast, free, and does not require a user account.

5. Call your congresspersons and object to Trump’s bill. www.vanow.org/represent

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So all these companies making money off your personal information, do you receive a check?

Published December 26, 2015 by Paradise Kendra

The state of California is the furthest along in establishing privacy laws for its people. This includes medical privacy, internet privacy, as well as laws that restrict businesses, medical facilities, the internet from using your personal information to make money for themselves. After all, do you receive a check from the profits they make off […]

https://virginianow.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/privacy-rights/

The internet just changed: Net Neutrality is dead.

Published May 8, 2014 by Paradise Kendra

Last Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a proposal for new rules that would allow for a “ fast lane” of Internet traffic for content providers who are willing (and able) to pay a fee. [1] The proposal reverses the FCC’s previous commitment to net neutrality and open internet and allows ISP’s like Comcast or Verizon to slow down and censor services that don’t pay the toll.

We have to be totally honest, this situation is seriously grim. But there is still hope. The FCC already knows that the Internet community wants net neutrality, but they think they can put their spin on these new rules and sneak them through. If we can prove them wrong right now with a massive public outcry, we can literally save the Internet once again.

We need to stop the FCC now. Big business groups are already ramping up lobbying efforts with the FCC in swarms since Wednesday’s announcement in support of censoring the open Internet and to ensure this dangerous proposal moves forward. [2]

This is a critical moment. In the last few weeks more than 65,000 people have taken action with us. Can you help us get to 80,000 by the end of the day today?

[1] Gautham Nagesh. “FCC to Propose New ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules”.
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304518704579519963416350296

[2] Edward Wyatt. Edward Wyatt. “Lobbying Efforts Intensify After F.C.C. Tries 3rd Time on Net Neutrality” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/25/business/lobbying-efforts-intensify-after-fcc-tries-3rd-time-on-net-neutrality.html?hpw&rref=politics

– Fight For The Future

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