Privacy - Financial Times

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Protecting privacy

Published: July 29 2010 19:56 | Last updated: July 29 2010 19:56



On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog but advertisers may infer that you own one. The flow of information from users of the internet both to social networks such as Facebook and to advertisers and advertising networks has turned into a flood.
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  • Hyper-MeHyper-Me Banned Posts: 2,059
    Meh. I don't care if advertisers know what products to present to me. I'd much welcome that over them advertising tampons to me.

    The ratio of people who are more concerned about privacy/security of information to the actual value of their information to someone is about a billion to one.
  • msteinhilbermsteinhilber Member Posts: 1,480 ■■■■■■■■□□
    The big problem with privacy in my opinion isn't the data the advertisers collect but mostly the data that others willingly publish not knowing how private it may or may not be.

    And our friendly government through the CIA is investing money in a company that scrapes websites to peoples, places, companies, and events in the past and future and to build relationships linking them together through the data collected.

    Exclusive: Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring | Danger Room | Wired.com

    That's frankly what I would be more concerned about. Fortunately I'm wise enough to not have a Facebook profile that's publicly accessible to tout my views against certain aspects of our government and how I'm a solid believe in our 2nd amendment rights and tell them where they can go to if they ever try to take guns away... oops, guess I slipped up there and this post will end up scraped. Hope I don't get filed as a domestic terrorist :)
  • AhriakinAhriakin SupremeNetworkOverlord Member Posts: 1,800 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Hyper-Me wrote: »
    Meh. I don't care if advertisers know what products to present to me. I'd much welcome that over them advertising tampons to me.
    .

    I dunno, I imagine I'd be more depressed if I got a viagra offer that was based off solid intelligence rather than the comfort of thinking at least it was just sent blind :)
    We responded to the Year 2000 issue with "Y2K" solutions...isn't this the kind of thinking that got us into trouble in the first place?
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