- by Nnanci, Blogger
- 7/24/2013 5:40:18 PM
kq4ym, - In a way it seems that even businesses go a little too far with data collection even though the intention is mainly just to improve service and possibly sell more. And the room for choice to be tracked or not seems to narrow a little more every day. Maybe we have to get used to it and be comfy for as long as it doesn't do us much harm except spook us out.
- by Hospice_Houngbo, Prospector
- 7/23/2013 4:37:11 PM
" I can have program for you by the end of today that scrapes all the websites a person uses."
I get you. I might be interested in such program. But don't share that idea with an insurance company. :D
- 7/23/2013 4:32:52 PM
Oh. I have no proof at all. But I can imagine a scenario, where some go-getter at an insurance company decides to use some ill gotton information to lower payouts. You want your name on that list?
It just seems so easy. I can have program for you by the end of today that scrapes all the websites a person uses. What they pot online. Google certainly has all my searches.
So yeah no proof. Maybe I'm a little ahead of the curve. But I think this will becme a problem (and an opportunity) for all of us.
- by PredictableChaos, Data Doctor
- 7/23/2013 2:18:09 PM
To me the big difference is between government and business.
If a business is using in-store tracking, typically they will be sensitive to the views of their customers. If not, I have the option of shopping elsewhere.
On the other hand, if the federal government has all of my medical data; and uses it to make decisions about my future medical care; I don't have simple options to get out of the system. The fact that the IRS is involved doesn't make me comfortable either.
- by vincentg64, Master Analyst
- 7/23/2013 11:27:09 AM
I'm glad I'm not using official healthcare anymore. I could have a very contagious disease, nobody would ever know, not me, not the government, nobody.
What about being monitored by God? Isn't that even worse? I am an atheist, so I have no idea what it feels to be monitored by God. But for those with faith, apparently she is spying on them even more than retailers or government. Wait, I wrote that I am an atheist... now this is going to be stored in a database and I will never be able to find a job anymore. Apparently, in this country discrimination against atheists is worse than against communists, women, muslims and African Americans: you can be a communist African American woman and still have a slight chance of becoming president. Not so if you are an atheist.
- by kq4ym, Data Doctor
- 7/23/2013 9:09:09 AM
I don't have a problem with being tracked by retailers. But when I think about my auto license being photographed and conceivably tracked, that's a little too much. Without some privacy safeguards and limits the government will tend to get more and more intrusive in our lives, without real proof that there will be a good outcome to society by the tracking.