Battle brewing over control of personal data online

Jun 27, 2011 Full story: www.mercurynews.com

Google , Yahoo , Facebook and other Internet companies have made billions of dollars tracking people's online movements and using that data to target advertising based on their prediction of what a person might want to buy.

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Knox

United States

#1 Jun 27, 2011
GOOGLE=GOVERNMENT

Just wait till your healthcare records are 'shared', used by the government, used by other companies, hacked by interested people.

It IS Big Brother!

Our children are nothing but electronic crackheads.

Since: Aug 10

Atlanta, GA

#2 Jun 27, 2011
Knox wrote:
GOOGLE=GOVERNMENT
Just wait till your healthcare records are 'shared', used by the government, used by other companies, hacked by interested people.
It IS Big Brother!
Our children are nothing but electronic crackheads.
Memo - your healthcare records are already shared between insurance companies which can and DOES affect you finding and keeping a job. HR departments can get updates on potential employees as to how much money they've cost a previous employer in healthcare. Have you been treated for cancer? Do you have diabetes or high blood pressure? Are you over 45? Many companies won't gamble on you because you might run their insurance costs sky-high.

There is no such thing as private personal data. Anyone who wants to know about you WILL know about you and your most personal and private information could be holding you back more than you know.

Since: Mar 10

Huntington, NY

#3 Jun 27, 2011
Words to live by: NO FREE LUNCH

Everyone who thinks facebook is free is kidding themselves. Now, you may not care if advertisers are buying and selling all sorts of info about you, but you really shouldn't think that zuckerberg is a billionaire by giving something away.
Questioner

Castell, TX

#4 Jun 27, 2011
Knox wrote:
GOOGLE=GOVERNMENT
Just wait till your healthcare records are 'shared', used by the government, used by other companies, hacked by interested people.
It IS Big Brother!
Our children are nothing but electronic crackheads.
"Just wait" no need, there is no privacy and hasn't been any for some time. The government can be restrained by Amendment 4 - Search and Seizure. Ratified 12/15/1791. "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Big Business is the real Big Brother. Via advertising, granting credit, insurance etc. it controls your life more than government. It doesn't need a warrant. Of course Big Business has captured government so government data is also available to Big Business. Your life is open to anyone with the skills and money to look at it.

Since: Aug 10

Atlanta, GA

#6 Jun 28, 2011
The way to stop the nonsense is to not buy their products and not use their services. The consumer still has the final word. But if we're all going to buy into the "gotta have it" hype, then prepare to be screwed.

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