We live at the mercy of every institution we interact with, and it's disgustingly undignified.

Solutions to many of these are easy to imagine and even to implement. Websites could allow you to provide a key to encrypt password reset emails, or to disable such emails (as Didact currently does). There's no legitimate reason why anyone ever needs my passport in their hand. Online banking could have been designed such that you generate a one-time code that only allows withdrawing a certain amount and enter that in an online store. That would be a little more difficult to implement for in-person payments, but trivial for online payments.

If we want a world where we don't have to live at the mercy of every fucking institution we interact with, we need to do the same thing one has to do to enact any kind of large-scale change: we have to do every little thing we can. One step was writing this article. Another was writing my article years earlier on the problem with password reset emails, and then acting on it by giving Didact the option to disable them. There are other things I could do but haven't yet, like switching most of my money to cash and paying that way at stores (I plan to do this soon). There's a lot of things you can do too. One of them is sharing this article.



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