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Data Mining: Big Corporations Are Gathering Every Shred Of Information About You That They Can And Selling It For Profit

When most people think of "Big Brother", they think of the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, the Department of Homeland Security and other shadowy government agencies.  Yes, they are definitely watching you, but so are many big corporations.  In fact, there are some companies that are making tens of millions of dollars by gathering every shred of information about all of us that they can and selling it for profit to anyone willing to pay the price.  It is called "data mining", and these data miners want to keep track of literally everything that you do.  Most people know that basically everything that we do on the Internet is tracked, but data mining goes far beyond that.  When you use a customer rewards card at the supermarket, the data miners know about it.  When you pay for a purchase with a credit card or a debit card, the data miners know about it.  Every time you buy a prescription drug, that information is sold to someone.  Every time you apply for a loan, a whole host of organizations is notified.  Information has become an extremely valuable commodity, and thanks to computers and the Internet it is easier to gather information than ever before.  But that also means that our personal information is no longer "private", and this trend is only going to get worse in the years ahead.

You have probably never even heard of many of these companies that are making millions of dollars selling your personal information.  Acxiom and Epsilon are two of the biggest names in the industry, and most of the time they are selling your information to companies that want to sell you stuff.

Almost every single day, very personal information about you is being bought and sold without your permission and it is all perfectly legal.

A recent article in The Week says the following about Acxiom....

An Arkansas company you've probably never heard of knows more about you than some of your friends, Google, and even the FBI — and it's selling your data

The scale of the information gathering that Acxiom does is absolutely mind blowing.  If you can believe it, Acxiom actually keeps track of more than 190 million people inside the United States....

The company fits into a category called database marketing. It started in 1969 as an outfit called Demographics Inc., using phone books and other notably low-tech tools, as well as one computer, to amass information on voters and consumers for direct marketing. Almost 40 years later, Acxiom has detailed entries for more than 190 million people and 126 million households in the U.S., and about 500 million active consumers worldwide. More than 23,000 servers in Conway, just north of Little Rock, collect and analyze more than 50 trillion data 'transactions' a year.

So what does Acxiom want to know about you?

Everything.

The following is from a recent New York Times article about Acxiom....

IT knows who you are. It knows where you live. It knows what you do.

It peers deeper into American life than the F.B.I. or the I.R.S., or those prying digital eyes at Facebook and Google. If you are an American adult, the odds are that it knows things like your age, race, sex, weight, height, marital status, education level, politics, buying habits, household health worries, vacation dreams — and on and on.

Companies such as Acxiom literally want every shred of information about you that they can possibly get.

Once they gather all that data, Acxiom analyzes it, packages it and sells it to large corporations such as Wells Fargo, HSBC, Toyota, Ford and Macy's.

And being in the "Big Brother business" is very, very profitable.

Acxiom made more than 77 million dollars in profits during their latest fiscal year.

Some members of Congress are very alarmed by all of this.  According to U.S. Senator John Kerry, this industry is virtually unregulated....

"There's no code of conduct. There's no standard. There's nothing that safeguards privacy and establishes rules of the road."

So what do big corporations do with all of this data after they purchase it from companies like Acxiom?

Well, for one thing, they use it to try to predict how you will behave.  A Daily Beast article gave some examples of how this works....

Predicting people’s behavior is becoming big business—and increasingly feasible in an era defined by accessible information. Data crunching by Canadian Tire, for instance, recently enabled the retailer's credit card business to create psychological profiles of its cardholders that were built upon alarmingly precise correlations. Their findings: Cardholders who purchased carbon-monoxide detectors, premium birdseed, and felt pads for the bottoms of their chair legs rarely missed a payment. On the other hand, those who bought cheap motor oil and visited a Montreal pool bar called "Sharx" were a higher risk. "If you show us what you buy, we can tell you who you are, maybe even better than you know yourself," a former Canadian Tire exec said. 

I don't know about you, but I find that a bit creepy.

Later on in that same article, how some U.S. companies are using this kind of information was explained....

Other industries have bolstered their bottom lines by predicting how consumers will behave, according to Super Crunchers. UPS predicts when customers are at risk of fleeing to one of its competitors, and then tries to prevent the loss with a telephone call from a salesperson. And with its “Total Rewards” card, Harrah’s casinos track everything that players win and lose, in real time, and then analyze their demographic information to calculate their “pain point”—the maximum amount of money they’re likely to be willing to lose and still come back to the casino in the future. Players who get too close to their pain point are likely to be offered a free dinner that gets them off the casino floor.

So is all of this data gathering harmless?

Does it simply make our economy more efficient?

Or is there a greater danger here?

At some point could all of our personal information be used for more insidious purposes?

One thing is for sure - this is a trend that is not going away any time soon.

As our society becomes even more integrated through the Internet, data gathering is going to become even more comprehensive.

Eventually these complicated computer algorithms will be able to make very detailed predictions about your future behavior with a very, very high degree of accuracy.

When you add government snooping into the equation, it becomes easy to see why privacy advocates are going crazy these days.

Our society is literally being transformed into a technological monitoring grid.  Virtually everything we do is monitored, tracked and recorded in some way.

If we are not very careful, eventually we could end up living in a society that is much more oppressive than anything George Orwell ever dreamed of.

So what do you think of all of this snooping, spying and data mining?

Do you believe that it is harmless or do you believe that it represents a significant threat?

Feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below....

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  • http://None Leland Mellott

    Spying is of a rodentcy in the naturing. Rodent in the Here : Rodent in the After. Study rodents, then tremble in fear, if you are one who spies on others.

  • Rodster

    And the internet has made it easier to get info on just about anyone along with purchasing habits from credit or debit cards, cell phones etc.

  • McKinley Morganfield

    F*&% ‘em, I have nothing to hide. Yes, it is an invasion of privacy, but privacy, except inside your own head, disappeared many moons ago. The moment you first used a credit card, posted or previewed on line, and bought a cell phone you have been on their radar screen. F*&% ‘em. They will come and get you if they so choose. They will plunder your bank account and investments if they so choose. There is nothing to stop them as we no longer live under the rule of law. F*&% ‘em. Live your life as you so choose. Its impossible to suppress 10-30 million people. We got the numbers. They have more hardware, but hardware can be nullified by numbers.

    • paul

      You have nothing to hide?

      And you live in a glass house, with your bathroom open for everybody to see what you don’t have to hide, right?

      Probably the opposite is true.

      If you are British or American you are probably afraid of showing naked skin and wear a coat in a public sauna.

  • Jodi

    Just wait til we are completely on a cashless system. There will be absolutely no privacy on purchases you make. This is all by design for big brother to spy on us.

  • TtT Engine

    Don’t forget all the phony promises companies give you about not “sharing” your personal info. That is b.s. because the very company not sharing your info. learned about you from a company like Acxiom. Every key stoke in this message is on a permanent hard disk out there in cyber computer land. I know of a guy who pays cash and refuses to use his grocery price plus card so that his purchases cannot be tracked. Inventory control is the b.s. they sell us. How about the invasion of privacy and the cyber stalking, mr. grocer ? How about all the cameras placed all over our roadways ? Are these cameras being used to catch any radical Islamic terrorists [Shush, cannot ask if they are here legally] or just to shake down the hard working American and tax collect more cop taxes for the alleged running of red lights ? We have been asleep at the switch since Aug. 15, 1969 [Woodstock} and the burnouts have taken over the R/W/B. Make sure you vote for Mr. Rogers in Nov. 2012, he’s all we got, right now. Also start buying up vacant islands like Larry Ellison in Lanai. Imagine what this decrepit welfare state U.S.A. will look like if all the hard working taxpayers up and leave. For now, let’s try to save the R/W/B. Christi Fidelis ! p.s. Hey preppies, the Hedge Hogs are building underground caverns 100 feet down to store their valuables. I bet there’s more than that down there !

    • Highspeedloafer

      I pay cash and use the store card, however I put a bogus name and address down for my contact info. There are a million ways around the system.

  • K

    More dangerous than you know. Why, because sometimes the info is wrong. After getting some very strange mail. The kind of mail a millionaire might get. Trust me, that is not me. I had a friend pull my file. Most of the info was right, every address I had ever lived at. Except for one, this must be where they crossed my info, with someone else. They had it right that I was retired, but my net worth of well over a million was not close. My house, also much to my surprise. Was worth in excess of a million, also not close.I live in a poor rural county, all property records are all still in the big books. No computer records,no way for them to catch their mistake. All of this is funny. But ask yourself, what if they had crossed my info, with some criminal. Would not be at all funny then.

    • Jack

      Many years ago I was on a new security sensitive engineering job where I discovered that they also know every password that I ever used, even the ones on my home computer and I use random character sequences. The Internet was designed as an open system. That means that everything that you do on the Internet is in public unless you use encription.

  • Arkansan

    Yes, I know all about Acxiom because I’m right down the road from the corporate office and know many who work there.

  • Paranoid

    Ah If they know that much about me; could I get a weekly summery for my records? I don’t pay a lot of atention most of the time and forget a lot.

  • Gary2

    and yet people voluntarily give up privacy on ***** like facebook so a few can get rich from YOUR info that YOU shared.

    • paul

      And you really believe it to be true what I write on facebook, right?

    • GaryToo

      im not on facebook

  • NickelthroweR

    Greetings,

    Let me take just a moment to blow your mind. I did a gig for a Data Mining Company that was having a private meeting to attract investors. Oh yeah, I should mention that I’m considered a Technical Expert in Media Presentation. I’ve worked for at least half of the Fortune 500 Companies. For example, I spent several days with Meg Whitman getting her prepared for her presentation to the board members of Yahoo! – stuff like that. I’m present at their meetings and conferences as well. Anyway, enough with the background.

    So this Data Mining Company, headquartered in Mexico City, was making its pitch to some people with deep pockets and that is where I learned the following:

    This particular company could do as many as 23,000 unique queries. All you had to do was give them a zip code and a question – any question and they could spit out an answer. The CEO made it explicitly clear that his company, literally, knew how long it took a specific individual to masturbate. This company had access to what appeared to be everyone’s web viewing habits to include the length of time a person spent viewing porn to include specifics.

    Of course, they know where you work, what you buy, where you live, your medical history, criminal history, electrical use, water use, driving history, banking history, family history, web viewing and on and on and on.

    Because they know all this on everybody, they can cross reference all this data to behavioral traits just like the article says. It gives them unimaginable power.

    Think of it this way, your best friend could probably influence your decision with regards to you making a big purchase like a car or new computer. For example, if I know my friend Steve likes to play games on his computer then I will suggest to him that he purchase a Desktop PC. I can do this because I know a bit about Steve.

    Imagine how much influence you can have when you don’t know a “bit” about someone but, instead, EVERYTHING about someone. Imagine what happens when you know everything about everyone and have the computational power to look for patterns. Now it has reached a point where they can predict your behavior and do so fairly accurately. They pretty much know exactly what you are going to do.

    That is what the meeting I was in was all about. This company had sold basic info for years to marketers. Basic stuff like, “who has a dog? I want to send them coupons for dog food.” It is a bit more difficult to sell the future based off of nothing more than obtuse fractals.

    It would appear that governments around the world used this information as it is actually cheaper than doing a Census like we do every ten years. Seriously, why go door to door when you can just buy the info all neatly packaged up for you. I actually approve of that part of their business.

    The company saw a lot of growth heading their way based upon the fact that they could predict the future and certain governments were very interested in it all. Anyway, these guys were looking for new investors so that they could continue to expand their operations which were already unbelievably huge.

    Even what I’ve just written will be tucked away to be “cross referenced”.

  • Georgiaboy61

    Data mining, like other aspects of the surveillance society, is inherently dangerous to traditional notions of freedom and our ability to live as independent human beings. Data mining came about as a by-product of the computer and electronics revolution, and as our society has become more and more networked, the ability to track individuals has become ever-greater. We have voluntarily surrendered much of our privacy in return for convenience. All is not lost, however, because there are simply steps one can take to protect what remains of your privacy and freedom. First, oppose calls for an entirely electronic money supply; coins and currency are preferrable because they are not tracked in the way electronic transactions are. Second, unplug yourself from the network to the extent possible. Third, refuse to participate in frequent customer card programs or buyer cards that track your purchases. Fourth, use credit cards as little as possible. Fifth, withdraw from consumer society if and when you can.

  • Rob

    All true but there are many ways to make data mining difficult and nearly impossible for these large corporations. Check around for strategies to make your internet explorations more private.

  • Paul

    Amusing to see John Kerry pretend to give a….

  • tappedops

    rex 84…rex 84…rex 84… say it 10 times next time your on the phone with someone and then watch your battery get totally zapped by the the nsa hf servers dialing into your phone… theres other kws but cog is a big hp—hot tater…

  • Contact

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  • http://endzone2.weebly.com Craig

    I’ll bet Google knows every search word you ever entered. Imagine how valuable that info would be to the government or potential employers.

  • sally mae

    You have no right to privacy anymore. It was taken first by the credit agencies and then by the (non)Patriot act.

  • markthetruth

    ” I wish i could of been a fly on the wall ”

    Has come true and there will be tiny fly cameras in the near future, flying right into your bedroom. now there will be no

    ” Behind closed doors ”

    We got what we wished for.

    Now what happens when you go for a job ………..

    We keep wishing for the wrong things and in return we are making them true and paying the consequence.

    Just what the devil ordered…..

    The end…………..

  • C J Fitzsimmons

    This was the theme of a November 1963 episode of Outer Limits
    titled “O.B.I.T.”

    The explanation speech of “Mr Lomax” is on the net.

    I saw it all around me, before that.

    It doesn’t seem to do any good to warn people, does it ?

  • TMal

    Gov’t buys and uses this info as well. Since it is obtained from a 3rd party it is all nice and legal. The govt does not even have to do investigations anymore just call Acxiom and buy the persons file! This is big business and these companies lobby Congress just like all the corporations do. Kerry must have wanted his cut for his campaign because Congress has been aware of this type of business for a long time. They use these companies during there elections for demographic data. However, it is mainly used for marketing. Americans are consumers so if a company can buy some info to get more money from consumers they will do it no questions asked. As always bottom line is money. Privacy?! That is another illusion that is fostered on the American people, you have no privacy. The Feds monitor what internet sites you go on…like this one. Big brother is watching…George Orwell had no idea how right he was. If you access the internet and do electronic transactions of any kind you are part of the collective hive!

  • Big Brother

    Great Article. It just so happens data mining/ statistical modeling is a hot job right now. If you can help save a company mega bucks for not advertising to bad customers then you are rewarded with mega bucks as well. TRUST ME.. I KNOW!

  • Barn cat

    So what? It’s marketing. Companies know what I buy. They can send me targeted ads on the websites I visit.

    I’m a thousand times more concerned about what the Obama administration is doing with all the information that they’re gathering. We’ve seen how they’ve been targeting and harassing Romney donors.

  • lee

    Doesnt matter, I am thinking within 10 years; corporations, medical systems and the governmment will have or buy the ability to keep every person’s history and track them daily.

    I was thinking just yesterday, driving down the street I live on; if there will eventually be the day that any stop sign I roll thru will be recorded and I am sent a fine the next day.

    I hear that almost everything is tracked by cameras in parts of England; to think that’s not coming to the US without a serious rollback of the government; is naive.

  • Prepared Pastor

    If we want to play their game, we have to play by their rules. So don’t play. Don’t apply for loans or credit cards, but pay cash instead. I keep one credit card for things like renting cars, but it’s issuer doesn’t know where I work or my retreat address. Leave your phone at home. Even ‘smart meters’ are tracking electricity use patterns in some locations so you may have to go off-grid if that is TMI (too much information). Digital cable and satellite is probably recording your television viewing habits, but digital antenna’s for your home are cheaper anyway.

    In almost every case, American’s have a choice whether or not to give up the date and being as lazy as we are considered by others we almost always voluntarily trade our privacy for less effort.

  • William

    Americans will learn the HARD way to take every precaution they can to keep their personal information PRIVATE. Try using some of that old fashioned stuff called money, vice a credit or debit card. Cut your use of a cell or landline phone to the MINIMUM. Be VERY careful with what you do on the internet. Cash talks, and B/S walks……………..

  • patriot alice

    Cash only…

  • DGB

    I’ve been a professional software developer for over 40 yrs. I write serious business software. I can tell you that the gathering and correlating of data is the worst invasion of privacy that there is. When the data (public data) is spread out: the county has your property valuation info, the DMV has your vehicle info, etc – It’s pretty inconvient to have your privacy invaded. But when they are aggregated in one spot, you have lost your privacy.

    Think about this: Everytime you review a resturant or business, or give an opinion – Google is saving that info – people can find out where you’ve eaten, shopped – cause you have given them the info! Do you know that if you use gmail Google scans your emails for key words. I would only use an email service that kept the contents of my emails private. Same for the ‘cloud’ – you don’t know where the data resides – could be China? If some of the big online marketers (Google /Ebay / Amazon/ etc) decide to share data – they will have an excellent profile of who you are.

  • http://worldendsat5newsat11.blogspot.com drbuzzsaw1

    Two major U.S.A. banks have had their credit rating downgraded and numerous European banks have been downgraded as well.
    Another straw on the camels back.
    Lets play a game. How much can the camel carry before it’s back breaks and it crashes down. Just one more straw, then One More Straw, then ONE MORE STRAW, then BOOM. Future economists will argue the tipping point what it was that pushed us over the economic cliff. There are so many things inside America and outside America (some call it the Perfect Storm) but the funny thing is (WE DID IT TO OURSELVES) it was us the American people and our high paid professional politicians on the lobbist take that did more than their fair share of “piling straw on the camels back” The bankers, big business, politicans it’s all rotten to the core…
    It’s NOT about doing your civic duty for God, Country and the People who sent you to Washington, but it’s become how can I get more power, more money, money is power and power is money.
    And one day soon our professional politicians, big bankers and big business will win. But, they need to consider just what they will be winning?
    Sorry this is not about data mining but I thought this important.

  • pranah

    Michael,

    Is that a pic of Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor in Smallville? :-)

    • Michael

      It is just another creative commons photo.

      Michael

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    “Some members of Congress are very alarmed by all of this. According to U.S. Senator John Kerry, this industry is virtually unregulated….”
    Then we need fire the inept Congress…….. this is elemental…………..

  • http://TheIndiePlaylists.com Joshua

    Government regulation is NEVER the answer. In fact, if we were to boycott any one of these companies and thus put them out of business the chances are our great grandchildren would be bailing them out with Federal Reserve notes until their great grandchildren are passed the debt. Don’t you just love the smell of sweet American freedom?

  • It’s all coming apart

    That’s why when you buy something always use a pen and paper to communicate with the clerk always use cash, we walk in as many puddles and cross rivers where ever possible when traveling.
    always speak in coded language, try wiping your tracks.

    Fingerprint files, they keep you down, keep you running, keep you on the ground, listening to you on their satellites, wrong number they know you ain’t home!
    and there’s some little jerk in the FBI, keeping papers on us six feet high,
    it gets me downnnn!

  • Old Uncle Dave

    Whenever possible, buy with cash, not plastic.

    • paul

      Of course. At home it is much easier to explain those cash withdrawals than every single item I bought or shop I visited. :-)

  • PatriotOne

    Privacy, what privacy? Unless you are living on barter and completely unplugged, living on public land in the middle of no where; you have no privacy.

    The data miners use to have good information for sale, but now you can track how well your listing is doing with google analytics. They sucker a lot of business owners with very expensive, low quality leads. In my business they are just not that good anymore and they don’t care because their big customers are now government.

    These are private companies so its not really domestic spying even though they are government contractors. The only way to stop them is to stop funding. We need to cut the size of government by 58% so they only have the funds to do what the constitution says they can do and no more.

  • davidmpark

    So, what happens to my information if a company goes under? Is it sold as a commodity or to creditors part of bankruptcy settlement… and this whole time it’s stupid stuff about my shoe size and how I like my scones.

    Here’s a little info for these copiers of other people’s lives: people constantly change. What is valuable info today is useless next week after we do something new or make a major discovery. Yes; they track that, but it’s useless unless people can be made to stand still and severely limit their purchasing options for more that 6 months. Good luck with that.

  • Old Man

    The biggest data miner is, of course, a company called Facebook.

    This company prepare a bunch of software codes whose purpose is to capture any and all personal information, creative arts, privacy info, personal activities and preferences. The marketing gimmick is: it brands this bunch of codes as ‘social network’ (whatever that mean) to entice you to donate such personal info without financial compensation, with your total lost of ownership, and which Facebook gets to keep forever and do whatever it like with it.

    Here’s the business model: Facebook take the user-donated info as lever to sell advertisements to bring in billions in revenue. Then it takes that revenue stream, add some crazy promises about world conquest, and managed to sell stock to the public to bring in massive billions more. Cost: writing a bunch of codes and hosting them – peanut. Worth: $50 billion, even $100 billion.

    Here’s the part on mass insanity: Facebook claims to have some 800 million user accounts – people stupid enough to donate their info and creativity, and not paid a pretty penny. So that their data miner owners get to be uber billionaires.

    A sucker is born, according to this phenomenon, every 25 nanosecond.

  • http://none Eddie

    So now we know the scumbags are also dressed in fancy business suits and hide in fancy offices…If It was not disgusting to me to steal from merchants or anyone, I’d be inclined to steal as much as I buy or more…you can publish this if you want, you are only a little better than these scumbuckets you tell us about!!!

  • Kev

    With Facebook and the like,the ********** gleefully volunteer each and every triviality of their pointless little lives to the elite.

  • KarlJ

    Of course, when you use their “services” such as facebook, gmail and others where they can connect a person to what they write they get invaluable information. Though I must say that sometimes the ads seems a bit off topic. FB showed me (male 50+) this:”Sexy lingerie and erotic underwear! Everything you need to be a bedtime flirt!” :-)

  • Evie

    Why bother data mining most send you to sites just to get paid by google. What they wish we buy and what we actually do is a different story. Most email is unwelcome spam to be deleated before ever opened.

  • Louise in MO

    I’m not at all surprised. I do very little on the internet except read and send a few emails here and there.

    Decided that My Space, Facebook etc.were not for me. Not on Twitter either. Use my cell phone only to make or reeive calls…no texts, etc.

    The info gatheres won’t learn much about me exept what I buy at the supermarket or the mall when I use my debit card.

    I know it’s not perfect, but it sure has cut down on telemarketing calls, and junk mail.

    If they begin to listen in to (wiretapping our phone conversations)we are in big trouble.

    • Saffron

      in the US they can wiretap anyone they want for no reason now, they don’t even need to involve the courts

  • Texar

    Its funny how John Kerry wants to regulate (tax) the industry. Get ready to pay a premium for French fries if you are overweight or have high blood.

  • Gary2

    Michael–you may need to get a helper. When it takes this long to get replies posted it kinda defeats the purpose.

    I would be happy to offer up my services at moderating…

    • Rodster

      That’s like the inmates running the Asylum. :)

      • DownWithLibs

        More like the Fruitcake in charge of the comments!!

    • Alasha

      lol

    • GaryToo

      yes g2 for mod!!!! edit out all race to the bottom conservacrap.

  • http://Theeconomiccollapse Gregge Johnson

    Because so many people in Minnesota use CASH and barter for goods the US Treasury are setting up shop in Plymouth MN. Also so many merchants are offering discounts for CASH. Money Talks especially on serial numbers on currency .

  • 1% fan

    I am very happy that I live in an era where corporations and government watches me so closely to make money off me. After all, I’d probably waste it on hookers like Client #9 did when he was a rising star in the Democratic party.

  • Basketball_Jones

    Agree WITH gary2 on that one.

  • A.S.

    Time for people like Anonymous to crash all their servers. Anonymous, please help us! It would be one of the most honorable things to do for society.

    • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/data-mining-big-corporations-are-gathering-every-shred-of-information-about-you-that-they-can-and-selling-it-for-profit?replytocom=171289#respond Mr. Saturnalia

      I Like Your Thinking

  • General P. Malaise

    …other then credit card information, the rest of the stuff they get is from comments on these blogs.

    P.S. ..the mention of John Kerry and his alarm is what scares me more then the data mining. He is using this as a scaremongering tactic for internet control.

    The best is for you to be aware and act accordingly. The information is only a negative if you let it be or someone is evil and malicious(which is kind of like the government).

  • Evie

    In marketing and data mining you would think some follow up studies would be made. A lot of this is throwing gum on the wall and hoping it sticks. I guess no incentive to actually move product when click for ads and ad words. Selling ineffective data matters not.
    I think on my next job I will take 4 hours to get there, get lost on the way,shop, eat get gas etc.
    By that time the day will be over and I will tell my employer I want to get paid as an attempt was made to get to work.

  • mondobeyondo

    When someone knows too much, or even a bit more about you than you know yourself, the implications are scary.

    There are many tools: Facebook to find out your latest relationships, family, friends, family friends, ex-boyfriends or girlfriends, how much you like Farmville, etc. Click “like” on Tahiti. You will soon get ads about “how you can enjoy Tahiti for $200/day”! Ka-chooowwww!

    Google: Anyone with the brain cell of an amoeba, Snooki or Kim Kardashian can log onto Google Maps and find where you live. (There are certainly ways to find your address online. Won’t tell you how, though.) Same with Mapquest.

    Your grocery store “loyalty cards” track the purchases you make. Do you buy Mighty Dog dog food? Chances are you are either in extreme poverty and can’t afford government cheese, or you own a dog. My guess would be that you have a pet. With a little more research, some ad agency could conclude that you own a Rottweiler. Wonder why you’re getting banner ads on Google for a new product called “Rott’n Ready Gravy Enhanced Beef for Rottweilers”? That’s why.

    And don’t even mention government agencies like the IRS, Census Bureau, Social Security, etc. The U.S. government was tracking you before tracking you was cool. Those private sector companies are just amateurs. These guys who work for Uncle Sam are the pros. Heh.

  • Note from Idaho

    This morning I cut a tub of grass and threw it over the fence to my beef cow.

    For the past three hours the cow has stood by the fence waiting for another handout while being surrounded by green pastures.

    The other cow who didn’t get the handout has been busy grazing all morning.

    Think about it…..

    • General P. Malaise

      ….that cow is a democrat!

  • Pale Rider

    Keep using google and all those lame me me me social networking pages to make their job of spying on you easier.

  • Saffron

    What do I think about this? I think that information has been bought and sold ten times as soon as I had the thought. I think the people amassing this information know what word I will type next, when I will die, the content of my toilets (which is of course easily obtained by looking at the information provided by the savings cards at supermarkets), and most horrifyingly, they know there is nothing that will be done about it, if anything even can be done about it. We all just wait for it to be used in a TBA form of torture…

    Well you did ask..

  • Saffron

    oh yeah and if you have a cell phone, whenever it is on it can and is being tracked

  • Jon

    Don’t have all the solutions but there is software now by parallels that allows you to keep from being tracked, also on safari there are plug-ins that disallow tracking so there are ways you have to educate yourself.

  • anthony
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  • George

    I’d be okay with my info being traded if 1. It was opt-in rather than opt-out (it is assumed my data is protected) AND 2. I was compensated. If you’re profiting from me, I want a slice.

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