GRAND IDENTITY THEFT – VERSION H2O Irish Water Wars – Big Data – Privatization

GRAND IDENTITY THEFT – VERSION H2O Irish Water Wars – Big Data – Privatization

Posted on October 4, 2014 by Dublin Eileen — 28 Comments ↓
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The leveraging possible against the added value linked to the Data Collection by Irish Water is phenomenal and the knock on effect for derivatives staggering. Hence Irish Water is worth so much more with PPS numbers attached than without. I wonder which of the politician’s friends are waiting to reap the rewards of such a lucrative asset as the entire social security data of a whole nation . This grand identity theft far outweighs the paltry couple of billion to be made from providing a water utility.

The BBC has been reporting on the Irish Water Wars of 2014 . This relates to protests being staged, mainly in working class communities and online, in response to a Troika led austerity measure to introduce water metering and charges. As outlined in a previous article the Troika threatened to blow up the Irish economy if the state did not pay for the gambling losses of private bank investors. There is more to this than meets the eye. Water supply in Ireland, our most abundant natural resource , has always been centrally funded through income tax and VAT. Lets be fair, the Emerald Isle is awash with H20, dealing with flooding as opposed to drought in this time of climate change. Water, now under the auspices of a new Utility Company Irish Water, is going onto the balance sheet as a public asset with the eyes of private investors greedily awaiting the day this cash cow will be sold off. The company will be moved from the Department of the Environment to the aegis of the Department of Finance and the the legal framework is in place to sell off Irish Water into private hands despite Elizabeth (the lady doth protest too much) Arnett’s assertions to the contrary. In answer to a question on RTE’s Prime Time when asked why was the Irish Water website changed to remove the reference to future privatization? She said “ The legal system was set up to cater for every eventuality”…“But Irish Water cannot be sold, it’s against the law”……“The reference should not have been included”. Gene Kerrigan in the Sunday Independent points out that

Section 5 (4) of the Act that provides for the new utility says that the Board will have one share in the company, and all remaining shares will be halved between the Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Finance. Section 5 (6) says: “The Board shall not, without the consent of the Minister and the Minister for Finance, alienate the share issued to it in accordance with subsection (4)”.

Recent history shows how easily ministers are swayed and how laws can be changed by a government that favours axing debate and silencing the state run media outlet, RTE. Added to this is the controversy over their collecting of PPS Social Security numbers and their RESERVING THE RIGHT TO PASS ON ALL INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES, INCLUDING MARKETING AND CREDIT CHECKING COMPANIES. It has emerged that hidden in the fine detail is an option for the government to change the law to make it possible for a private company to own our personal data should they choose to sell.

‘The small print on the Irish Water website referred to a procedure for selling the company, and how Irish Water “may disclose Customer data to the prospective seller or buyer”; and that customers’ personal data “will be one of the transferred assets”.

Irish water’s PR spin in relation to this is as impressive as previous efforts were in persuading the Irish people they held moral responsibility for paying private banker debts in 2008.

YOUR PPS NUMBER = BIG DATA= BIG MONEY

Big Data, according to the McKinsey Global Institute report of 2011, (Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity), is a major growth industry worth up to $250bn p.a., the equivalent of the GDP of a small western nation, to Public Administrations, Insurers, Health Care providers etc., and is worth up to a 60% increase in profit margins for retailers etc. The whole area of data protection is hazy and ripe for abuse. They state

But while most people remain utterly apathetic about how their personal information is being used, there are an increasing number of moments of discontent among internet users who might be occasionally creeped out by how targeted Google’s advertising is, or get frustrated with incessant Facebook use by their partner, or would prefer to actually talk to their friends instead of trying to distract faces lit up with the glow from smartphone screens. At the very least, a sporadic mindfulness is emerging. While tech companies steamrolled towards billion-dollar successes, there was no en masse questioning of the impact of such technology on our personal behaviour, our identities and, at a state security level, our privacy. Instead we celebrated their entrepreneurial spirit. The genie is out of the bottle and those who intend to “disrupt” the narrative, a term beloved of tech companies, are met with phenomenal hostility. Chelsea Manning is in jail.

As Una Mullaley writes in the Irish Times about the Dragnet Question:

You are not a data portal, or an information hub, or a “user”. Your information is not “content”. You own yourself. It’s time to talk seriously about the balance of control, the control of what should be a democratic tool, but instead is monopolised by multibillion dollar companies, harvesting people’s information to make money from advertising. We should neither fear a dystopia nor strive for a utopia, but question controlling online interests, and build nuanced critiques of what we’re receiving in exchange for unconsciously selling “us”.

The leveraging possible against the added value linked to the Data Collection by Irish Water is phenomenal and the knock on effect for derivatives staggering. Hence Irish Water is worth so much more with PPS numbers attached than without. I wonder which of the politician’s friends are waiting to reap the rewards of such a lucrative asset as the entire social security data of a whole nation . This grand identity theft far outweighs the paltry couple of billion to be made from providing a water utility.

Never mind the small print – trust us

Citizens need to ask why their data is being held online Opinion: You own yourself: it’s time to stake a claim

Irish Water’s spokeswoman was on Prime Time tonight. Here’s what she said:

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