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Stillwater Critical Thinking Club

TOPIC: Loss of Privacy

Privacy topics have been in the news for the last year and a half. Most articles cite the NSA, but many other organizations, both public and private are interested in us and in our activities.

After a review of key terms and news, Dale will discuss several important questions. Are we guaranteed privacy? Should we be concerned? Are there benefits to being spied on? Where are we most exposed? What can we do to reduce our profile?

SPEAKER: Dale Stenseth is a serious reader and regularly researches topics of personal interest.

Dale is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He has 30 years experience working for local manufacturing companies in various roles. For the 10 year period before he retired, he consulted on large software implementations at various locations in the US and Japan.

Dale has traveled extensively. He is the author of three books, 'Freighter Odyssey: Around the World in 130 Days', 'Bread Machine Journal', and 'Grind Your Own Flour'. Keep up with Dale at:

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  • Lee S.

    Excellent presentation with extensive evidence showing "Privacy" is a thing of the past. The question for all if us: what shall we do protect what privacy we have left and how to protect legitimate privacy concerns. Our speaker gave us considerable material upon which to cogitate. Thank you Dale Stenseth! Lots of conversation at Applebee's afterwards.

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Bob S.

    So relevant to today's world.

    May 12, 2014

  • Damian Pound (.

    I've never really understood why people get so passionate about privacy, perhaps this will help me understand. What John Paquette said about DNA and insurance makes sense to me because something negative can actually arise from it. I wouldn't want to have to pay extra for something I had no control over (getting fat and sick because of it is, for the most part, a choice).

    May 12, 2014

  • John P.

    Most people tend to view that privacy issues tend to revolve around e mail and phone records. There are other types of data and databases such as those pertaining to DNA profiles. My old agency, the MN BCA participates in a national DNA database called CODIS which stands for "Combined DNA Index System". This is a national database comprised of several indexes. These "profiles" were very useful to us in assisting other agencies in their investigations. People often had/have mistaken ideas as to whose profiles are in there and to what information those profiles contain.

    Another concern is the interest that insurance companies and potential employers might have in your DNA and its health related markers. The push to retain blood samples taken from newborns, raises some interesting questions.

    May 12, 2014

  • David L. T.

    The future is not what it used to be.

    May 6, 2014

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