Today we observe DATA PRIVACY DAY!!!  In a world where nearly everything is accessible, it gets more and more difficult to keep anything private.  While some people can’t wait to spill everything they know via social media, some of us like to keep a few things to ourselves.

I was so thankful when HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) was passed in 1996.  Even though you might think it’s silly for me to want my privacy protected when it comes to my health (after all, I blog about it every day), the point is, I want the info to come from me – not from someone who took a peek at my records.

Of course, Title I of HPAA protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families if they lose their job or change jobs.  Title II of HPAA is known as the Administrative Simplification (AS) provisions and requires national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health insurance plans, and employers.

But back to privacy issues.  I enjoy a certain amount of protection where my privacy is concerned.  Bloggers like me have made no secret of health issues, religious preference or to a certain degree political preference.  I’ll reveal as much as I’m comfortable revealing about myself, but I believe in this high-tech world (where there are questionable characters sitting behind computer monitors), I do need to guard my heart.

 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.  – Proverbs 4:23

It’s unwise to tell everything you know.  At 53 years of age, I hope I’ve learned that lesson.  Sometimes I still put my foot in my mouth (my very large size 8 1/2 foot), but the instances of “hoof and mouth disease” seem to be fewer as I get older, I’m happy to report.

May God help all of us to use wisdom in our daily lives.  May He help us to say what we should and not say what does not need to be said.  May He help us to be still when we should and just listen.  May He guide us in directions that will please Him always, and may He always help us to guard our hearts.