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(ProPublica)   Everything we know about what Data Brokers know about you, including your salary information, buying habits, voting records, whether you're pregnant, divorced, or trying to lose weight, screen names and greenlights at social media websites   (propublica.org) divider line 57
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2013-03-18 04:24:48 PM  

secularsage: I work in the marketing research industry and believe me, this information isn't nearly as accessible or complete as these sorts of articles suggest in their headlines. A lot of times this information is outdated, incorrect or based on unreliable informational sources (like registration cards and sweepstakes forms where people give bogus answers as they fill out the forms). Given how freely people share treasure troves of data about themselves on the internet, I don't think the "big data" brokers are really as shadowy as they seem. Most of the information referenced in the article comes from credit bureaus, which have been doing their thing for decades.

What I do encourage is for people to go to Spokeo.com, look themselves and see how public database information that's freely available can make it very easy for someone to learn intimate details about their lives. (I also encourage opting out of being listed on Spokeo.)


I opted out of Spokeo and several similar services a couple years ago. Just searched for myself again, and I'm definitely not showing up. The places I do show up - places I didn't opt-out - have wildly inaccurate info about me. Old addresses, my age off by 20+ years, incorrect marital status, incorrect familial relationships. I suppose that's almost as good as not showing up at all. At least it makes me laugh.
 
2013-03-18 04:27:00 PM  

Lenny_da_Hog: DubtodaIll: I always notice whenever I buy something online all the adds I see for the next for days are of the same genre of product I just bought.  I mean sure I get a nice warm-fuzzy feeling knowing that Big Brother is watching out for me and trying to provide me with the things I want but it sure as hell never gets me to spend more money on the product I've already bought.  I've often wondered what is the purpose of gathering so much information.  So you know everything about everyone and everyone's activities in your society.  What are you actually going to do with that information?

Ghostery add-on identifies and blocks behavioral tracking networks. It's enlightening to see how many sites are linked together and watching what you read and view.


Ghostery is wonderful. Ghostery + AdBlock + Cookie (which allows you to choose which cookies are kept and tosses the rest every time you quit your browser).
 
2013-03-18 04:35:31 PM  

secularsage: What I do encourage is for people to go to Spokeo.com, look themselves and see how public database information that's freely available can make it very easy for someone to learn intimate details about their lives. (I also encourage opting out of being listed on Spokeo.)


wow, stalker paradise
 
2013-03-18 04:44:39 PM  

100 Watt Walrus: I opted out of Spokeo and several similar services a couple years ago. Just searched for myself again, and I'm definitely not showing up


The weird thing about myself on spokeo is that my name brought back 6 hits. 3 of which were me, 2 look like to be the same other person. Leaving two people in the US with my same name (who haven't opted out).
 
2013-03-18 05:08:33 PM  

cardex: I just turned 30 but have been getting AARP crap and junk for me to choose my Medicare part d plan for the last 5 years I want to figure out how I got on that list and get taken off


This happened to me around 30 too. Next will be hearing aid ads followed by time share offers.
 
2013-03-18 05:10:50 PM  

ggecko: Actually, they have a ton of info on my CAT.  I pay cash for purchases but anytime when I absolutely have to give out info (for a freebie, etc...) I use my cat's name.

Then again, my cat is wealthy:

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You'd better buy yourself a set of cat handcuffs.
 
2013-03-19 04:00:11 PM  
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