TV's Vinnie: Then what's YOUR explanation as to how it happened?
TV's Vinnie: fusillade762: FunkOut: We all need to confuse them by buying weird shiat. Take that corporations!Whenever I use my Safeway rewards card I always give them my old San Francisco phone number.TV's Vinnie: Looks like SOME doctor is sending word back to his pharma company overlords in violation of doctor-patient confidentiality.Looks like SOME Farker is jumping to odd conclusions without reading TFA.Then what's YOUR explanation as to how it happened?
ikanreed: You'll find this crazy, but I've done software for these companies that do the underlying systems for tracking you(not the actual tracking, just the data structures), and the trackers readily have deals with banks to track the origin of bills by scanning the ID codes on them, as they go out of ATMs and out of cash registers. You're still being tracked. The only safe money is money you get from a real person.
mikefinch: Easy fix -- dont buy stuff on credit cards all the time and dont ever sign up for a loyalty program unless you are willing to use fake info.
YouPeopleAreCrazy: ZackDanger: Am I the only person that doesn't have a problem with this?It's nice to live in a time when content (of any type, even marketing) is specifically targeted towards where my interests lie.I'd much rather a corporation track my habits with the information that I am clearly giving up, then receive ads or promotions for things I'm *never* going to use.The question is, who else are they selling that data to?Your health insurance provider?"Well...lets see. In the last 3 months, ZackD has stopped buying condoms, and has moved in with Shaelyn the stripper."The insurance premium algorithm requires an 18% price increase.
Polyhazard: Oh, honey...You have no idea.
BillyRayBob: I was surprised when my 5 year old son started getting mail for his Prostate Problems. But I suppose it's my fault for naming him "Stanley".
mikefinch: Polyhazard: Oh, honey...You have no idea.I'mean -- you could go completely off grid but most people wont go for it. Watching your cards is about the only thing most people can do to try to prevent this sort of thing.Got better ideas that wont make people move out to rural montana and have to crap in an outhouse?
No Such Agency: drongozone:I remember reading about a couple whose baby died but continued receiving baby productcome-ons in the junk mail.Wow. That's awful.Oddly, we must have avoided this somehow, we've bought a ton of baby stuff with credit cards and we don't get any of this crap. Maybe it's illegal in Canada.
fusillade762: I'm not sure why you're trying to spin this into something nefarious.
Thelyphthoric: Why aren't these wizards working with the FBI to solve the Boston Marathon case?
WordyGrrl: My late man cat got some free condoms and a pre-approved credit card (I sure didn't sign him up for those)
Polyhazard: No. Guess that's kinda my point. If you're in society, you are tagged, tracked, profiled and aggregated.
Robert1966: Well, buy.
ninotchka: what is terrible is that months after my miscarriage, I got all sorts of free milk and stuff for my baby that was supposed to be due. Was a terrible thing for me to go through. Especially the cards congratulating me on my new baby that was no longer alive.
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