The wired and chiped Identity - When we look at identity, on the most common level we apply it to what we keep in our wallet, but with a very little understanding of what it is other than that we know that we don’t want other people to have it. In an age where this information is placed on plastic and computers, we have become very object oriented to the idea of protecting that identity. Though, we would like to think that a made up online identity protects us from having any association with our real identity information, the system is set up where both are easy to connect.
Never mind not making the effort to pay for things online in fear that you will remain exposed, the holders of bank accounts are already in the system. Everyone is added to their database when they create an account. Utility companies also have databases where the information is stored. Social security numbers are also in the same type of storage. Accepting the reality that all companies and corporations that are in the business of providing these services, have to keep up with the speed of high-tech evolution if they want to provide service to a large amount of people, the masses of individuals have openly accepted the convenience of adjusting to this format in order to keep the things that they already have.
How much of this information are we comfortable in providing without any concerns to who is going to use it? The problem with this is that now, and for the longest time at this point, all of the information that shows your income, your physical address and other things that you want to keep private are now stored in databases that you may not have access to. They are stored throughout different systems and shared to other companies. These companies have invested in those systems that store this information, and they apply account creation to each one.
One has to consider the value of their identities – and how valuable they are to that individual. For the most part, there are protections that are put into place for those of us who might experience an issue where perhaps withdraws are made illegally from a user’s account. Because these are put into place, there is less of a concern from the individual to protect that identity. Worst case scenario is that that person closes their account with that bank or any service and does not come back. While this is important to feel that their identity is protected, the ‘many’ individuals that use the bank or any service still accept the ease of doing business with them.
Naturally anyone who feels threatened of losing something that is theirs reacts with anger in many forms. This requires them to find a solution to the problem, but how far can a society go and where can they turn to for this solution? They will both have to accept it, or remove themselves from it completely and experience a ‘disconnect’ from many essential resources. For those that have held their identities long before the internet became a daily resource, there is a reaction to be protective of their identity, for those who are born into it will never have experienced what protecting their identity from the internet is like. For many there are some concerns that one generation is doomed to fail because they adapt so quickly to technology and now there are new standards that have been put into place to protect identities under the trust of the internet and mobile technology.