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Apps Track and Sell Your Personal Information

Adam McLane writes that most people don’t care about personal privacy, sharing significant personal details on websites and on social media apps. Most apps on our phones are allowed to track our locations, and Facebook’s latest technology is capable of using biometric scans to determine which photos are of you. However Facebook could run into trouble under Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, which forbids the collection of biometric identifiers like fingerprints or faceprints without a person’s explicit consent.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Technology is pervasive and invasive in our congregations. How do we use technology for ministry without being used by the technology?

  • What boundaries do you set? Before pastors can speak about the impact of technology and use of boundaries, they need their own policies and boundaries in place.
  • Caring for more than souls: While pastors can speak to the negative impact that technology can have on one’s soul, it can also leave people exposed to physical threats or robbery.
  • Positives and Negatives: Churches need to meet people where they’re at and communicate with the apps they use. How do you model healthy communication via apps and social media?

What does pastoral care look like at a time when people spend significant time online every day and share personal information very freely?

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