Article contribution by Byron Tully
In the digital age, privacy is a priority. We have legitimate concerns about our privacy online, the security and privacy of our financial records and accounts, and how much Big Brother knows about us. There are precautions we can take on these issues, and most of us try to be diligent.
A privacy safeguard that many people never think about is more obvious, and much more public: the choices we make when we buy things. Our purchases tell people so much about us, if we aren’t careful.
An extreme example would be the assault and robbery of a famous reality television star in her Paris hotel room that occurred not too long ago. For years, she’d tweeted and posted photos of her glamorous lifestyle and off-the-charts jewelry. It was saddening, and but not surprising when professional thieves ambushed her, took her jewelry and other valuables, and left her tied up in the bathtub. (Sad, because I never want anyone to suffer, but not a surprise because, well, it just wasn’t.)