Exercise 26, Mr Chris Berg: “If you’re worried about privacy, you should worry about …
- We should refrain from giving institutions our private information
- Key information can be misused or mishandled.
- Over time, “appropriate” use of private information may change and we are powerless to guard against this.
- Mr Berg advocates to all concerned members of the community that they resist the trend to supply private information.
(Main contention: solution) We need to hold government departments to account; we need to resist the overuse and collection of private data.
Relatable examples: misuse of private information such as the example of the 2015 Ashley Madison “hack” and problems with private information held by Department of Human Services and the South Australian Police Force
Each paragraph should consist of :
- key idea plus a key argument strategy (linked to an appeal)
- group together 2-3 similar examples and quotes
- evaluate the persuasive purpose of the quotes and language choices (fear or shaming tactics… )
Mr Berg believes that it is “blindingly” obvious that any information that is collected is vulnerable to attack from either “rogues” or from human error. The author presents a series of relatable examples that all reinforce his key idea: that private information is never completely safe. These examples are designed to kindle doubts and make all citizens increasingly wary about the fact that there are always risks to the retention of information. Berg uses cause-and-effect reasoning tactics to prove that the more private the information is then the more embarrassing the leak. In this regard, many would be horrified or quite shocked at the American example of the Maddison online dating scandal. The author’s comparison with Australian government examples reminds readers not to be complacent as the risks come from, as he emotively suggests, not simply from “hackers” or “rogues” but also from government officials who are tasked with the protection of private data.
Critical to the development of Berg’s argument against the collection of private information is that it does, from a logical perspective, reduce the quality of the information and therefore undermines the census. He therefore continues to stimulate doubt about the worth and integrity of the census and he expects that this doubt will lead to a loss of community support for the census.
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