Defending your rights begins with you knowing what to defend.
What rights exist that there is to defend?
When can you defend your rights and when not?
And finally how do you defend your rights?
If you don’t know what your rights are, how could you possibly know when someone is trying to infringe on your rights. Often they are not even trying to infringe but are only persistently, maybe aggressively, asking if you will waive your rights.
How could you possibly know when you can say no, when you don’t know that you can in fact say no?
Many people will claim “you have to” or “it’s policy” or else “no service” if you do not provide the information requested from you. Some of this is bluff and bluster. The rest is usually employee training gone “Rambo”.
It’s not complicated. The principles are pretty easy. The circumstances and situations may vary but the principles are the same and your “defense” is the same.
In most instances you can say no. And in those instances if you don’t say no, no matter how intimidated you are by the words and attitudes of those demanding your information, then when you provide the information requested you have done so voluntarily and you have no claim to privacy after that.
Your most powerful response to any request is a question. That question is:
“Is this mandatory or voluntary to provide this information?”
Any response other than mandatory means you can say no. Any claim of mandatory leads you to question two:
“What law makes it mandatory?” (policy is not law compelling you)
These two questions will be a final defense to 85-95% of all information requests.
You have been tricked, deceived, kept ignorant, intimidated or “lead down the garden path”. Maybe all of them.
You’re an adult now (I assume). You can reclaim your rights by becoming aware, educated and consistent in your exercising and defense of them, or…. you don’t have to. It can be “easier” and “more convenient” to waive your rights, short term. It really is up to you.
They are your rights to keep, or waive.
You do actually get to choose.
Learn your rights. Learn your responsibilities. Hold the corporations, governments and criminals to task and make it tough for them to harass you into waiving your rights everyday in your life by stepping up to the plate and claiming your rights knowing that the laws are in fact written in order to protect your rights, but it requires you to act first to claim and then defend your rights before the law can be called upon to assist you in remedy.
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