As far as I'm concerned, as soon as someone gets on the government dole, either because they're employed by the government, or are being supported by the government using taxpayer money, *every* taxpayer has a right to inspect the data. The person paying the bills has a right to know what they're paying for.
I want a copy of your criminal record, as well as your financial records...
You get police protection in your city, yes? You also have money in a bank with FDIC insurance?
That's all paid for by the government.
Also, I want access to your travel records....you drive on public roads...also, you are protected by the US Military....
Where do we stop?
Studying individual student records, including hobbies, likes/dislikes, etc. won't help judge school progress...
I send back replies to people who are emailing me explaining they have the wrong person, and either mark the junk accounts as spam, or contact their customer service and ask for them to remove my email from their account.
Sometimes, the companies will actually comply, especially if it's for some children's website... (COPPA is a big deal).
For the ones who don't listen, or can't remove me, I just keep tossing them into the bit bucket.
To have worked in one place for so long, and to affect so many folks...wherever you go, it'll be a step down.
Good luck to you!
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It still affects me, even now...It's strange what sticks with you.
At some point, you have to take someone's word that the software you are loading on your computer is "trustworthy", unless you're going to write it all yourself. And even then, how much of that code is going to be your own, and how much will be copied from elsewhere?
Free software isn't inherently more trustworthy, it simply moves the trust relationship around.
You may stab me in the back, but I will still treat with you fairly, for my sake, not yours.
But don't expect me to trust you again.