The Public Consistently Wants Contradictory Things

MINOT, N.D. — The kerfuffle last week over the privacy of Care19 contact tracing app was revealing of an alarming level of cognitive dissonance from the public at large.

Yet another example of how the masses tend to want completely contradictory things, and yet don’t seem to be aware of the contradictions.

The gripe about Care19 is that it was supposedly sharing data with Foursquare.

That isn’t quite what was happening. I interviewed Tim Brookins for my Plain Talk podcast, and he told me that not only would it be illegal for his company, Fargo-based ProudCrowd, to share data collected by the Care19 app he developed, but that data isn’t really worth much anyway.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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