Sold!!! To the Highest Bidder!

This is a short excerpt from Frances Ellen Watkins poem The Slave Auction


The sale began—young girls were there,
   Defenseless in their wretchedness,
Whose stifled sobs of deep despair
   Revealed their anguish and distress.


And mothers stood, with streaming eyes,
   And saw their dearest children sold;
Unheeded rose their bitter cries,
   While tyrants bartered them for gold.


And woman, with her love and truth—
   For these in sable forms may dwell—
Gazed on the husband of her youth,
   With anguish none may paint or tell.

There is a reason that I included that in this post.  Hi-tech ‘auctions’ put unsuspecting people on the auction block everyday.  Thousands of people are bought and sold at auction everyday and they don’t even know it!

Identity thieves put people up for sale everyday in underground chat rooms.  These thieves trade in our personal information Like Wall Street day traders haggling over pork bellies and we don’t even know it.  Security Breaches and datalosses occur almost everyday exposing our personal information.  What happens to that information when it is lost?

Losing information in a security breach is not like losing your sunglasses.  You can’t ‘get it back’.  Once it has been exposed it is exposed from that moment on.  That’s because Personal Information is not a physical item you can secure again.  You can get your sunglasses back and know that they are safe in your possession.  Tell someone your name and you cannot take it back and make them forget.  If you have ever been notified that your information was exposed or lost you need to keep in mind that it is still exposed months or even years later.  Lose it once and it is gone forever.


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