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Opinions | When technology of the future traps people in the past

Opinions | When technology of the future traps people in the past

(Video: Glenn Harvey for The Washington Post)

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If you are a chain smoker applying for life insurance, you might think it makes sense to be charged a higher premium because your lifestyle raises your risk of dying young. If you have a propensity to rack up speeding tickets and run the occasional red light, you might reluctantly accept a higher price for auto insurance.

But would you think it’s fair to be denied life insurance based on your Zip code, online shopping behavior or social media posts? Or to pay a higher rate on a student loan because you majored in history rather than science? What if you were passed over for a job interview or an apartment because of where you grew up? How would you feel about an insurance company using the data from your

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