Although panicking seems to be the best policy, jumping too quickly could mean you miss the life raft...
If the site you are busily protecting yourself from by switching out your passwords or changing your info on hasn't been 'fixed' yet, you are just handing over the life jacket.
Keep from sinking... stay aware and watch for alerts that the site is/has been 'fixed', then, by all means, panic!
I figure with NSA already doing the job of compromising EVERYONE'S security, doesn't it make sense that this little seemingly innocuous glitch was developed for use by governments? Not sayin' which one, 'cause hey, NSA isn't the only one out there, are they?
True, no one is quite sure if it was set up or accidently incorporated through poor code-man-ship. We will all have our personal theories...
(If I get my way and Hollywood pays attention... they pay everything else! lol)
You do not want to know the staggering number. Writing is therapy; it's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.
But, reality rears it's head; I need to get that tax number!!! How slow DOES Uncle Sam crawl???
There is a dirty little secret in the consumer world: for some industries, you might be inadvertently giving up your right to access a courtroom through forced arbitration provisions buried in legal documents you sign. We see it with nursing homes--although some states, like Ohio, ban requiring arbitration (if you notice and argue)--and other industries where they'd rather bar your right to sue than clean up their act.
Now we see it with kid's breakfast cereal.
But General Mills is doing more than just inserting this into contracts (because when do you sign a contract with Cheerios?). They're inserting language on their website suggesting you agreed to this simply by interacting with them: liking a page on facebook, or downloading a coupon.
“General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest or interact with it in a variety of other ways.”
Why does this matter?
First, forced arbitration is designed specifically to take away your constitutional right to access the justice system, by forcing you to work in a costly system where the judge is an arbitrator whose living is based on making rulings favoring businesses. (There's a reason the companies that force you, a consumer, to arbitrate, never enter into those agreements themselves with other companies!)
Second, what this is really aimed at is avoiding class actions, an important legal vehicle the sole purpose of which is to help consumers right wrongs that they could not do alone. (Think crazy overdraft fees or illegal foreclosure practices: no one can sue Bank of America by themselves, for $30, but BoA can make tens of millions through such practices.)
Third, we're talking about lives, here:
"Companies have continued to push for expanded protection against litigation, but legal experts said that a food company trying to limit its customers’ ability to litigate against it raised the stakes in a new way.
"What if a child allergic to peanuts ate a product that contained trace amounts of nuts but mistakenly did not include that information on its packaging? Food recalls for mislabeling, including failures to identify nuts in products, are not uncommon.
“When you’re talking about food, you’re also talking about things that can kill people,” said Scott L. Nelson, a lawyer at Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group. “There is a huge difference in the stakes, between the benefit you’re getting from this supposed contract you’re entering into by, say, using the company’s website to download a coupon, and the rights they’re saying you’re giving up. That makes this agreement a lot broader than others out there.”
So what to do? I suggest going public: share the news, stir people up, maybe boycott the GM brand. Because if they get away with this, they will be the first, not the last, to try it:
“Although this is the first case I’ve seen of a food company moving in this direction, others will follow — why wouldn’t you?” said Julia Duncan, director of federal programs and an arbitration expert at the American Association for Justice, a trade group representing plaintiff trial lawyers. “It’s essentially trying to protect the company from all accountability, even when it lies, or say, an employee deliberately adds broken glass to a product.”
Sometimes you can only rescue one... how do you decide who is worthy? When do you play God? There are no 'good' answers... only guilt that a decision need be rendered at all...
Take joy in the life you do save...
- Beleaguered Authoress Publishing FarmCatastrophe Coordinator, 2010 - present
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