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06 Dec 2018

BY DR CLIVE FRASER

After protesting recently about MHR (My Health Record) and all of the possibilities of my privacy being breached, I thought that I would let my colleagues know that I have just celebrated a sentinel birthday which for the purposes of this column I’ll call my 40th.

There was a week-long celebration with all manner of food and beverages, culminating in the ritual of gift giving.

After a lifetime of consumerism I think that I can reliably claim to have at least one of everything, so what birthday gift would you buy a man who has it all?

With $100 million dollars on offer in a mid-week Gold Lotto draw I’d say that you’d probably buy a ticket in that, just for fun.

After all, if I won I could help myself to another LCD screen or gadget of my choosing to fill a house that is already bulging with ‘stuff’.

But with only a one in seven million chance of winning I regret to say that I usually never check my numbers with any of these gifts.

After an anxious phone call from the generous donor I thought that I had better check to see whether I had won the grand prize.

Too inconvenienced to go to a shrinking number of news agencies I thought that I'd check my numbers on-line.

I downloaded TheLott app and as per the instructions I took a photo of the ticket.

But the response was: “Sorry, your request cannot be serviced at present #1008.”

No luck there.

My next step was to create a log-in at www.thelott.com.

The site required my full name, title, date of birth, phone number and full residential address.

Greedily, I willingly provided all of this information.

After all I had a one in seven million chance of taking out the jackpot, retiring, philanthropy and all that stuff.

But then I was hit with the startling reality that at those odds I was more likely to be killed by my Takata airbag and that I had just given all of my identifying information to the Tatts Group.

There weren’t even any frequent flyer points on offer for handing over my personal data.

Tatts Group is after all a benevolent company which has a monopoly on lotteries and a big stake in wagering and gaming solutions (aka pokies) in Australia.

Surely they didn’t employ any stalkers or terrorists and I’d be safe in my abode.

In terms of data security I thought that Tatts Group would have to be safer than giving my personal information to a Commonwealth Government whose Ministers regularly guarantee that they support their leader.

So what does this story have to do with motoring?

I’d say nothing at all.

That is, apart from when you are driving in your car I’d recommend keeping your windows wound up and your doors locked while abstaining from handing out your personal identifying data.

Oh, and don’t forget to get your faulty Takata airbag replaced.

After all. Life is a gamble.

Safe motoring,
Doctor Clive Fraser

Gamblers Help 1800 858 858


Published: 06 Dec 2018