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  •  Just the tip of the iceberg. Health records... (30+ / 0-)

    ...are now being analyzed by actuaries to determine risk assessment for offspring. (Think: Hollywood's futuristic movie: "Gattica.") This has been going on quietly, and it's certainly NOT being implemented in day-to-day business, as of this writing. But, the work IS being done. (Per information that's been conveyed to me by those in the industry.) Why? Because the bottom-line savings are too enticing to corporate America.

    Credit...major lenders in the consumer space are prescreening consumers on the sales floors at test locations in retail environments around the country, simply by running names and addresses. A handful of this country's largest lenders have enough information in their own files to make credit determinations without even accessing credit data repositories (think: Equifax, Experian and Trans Union).  And/or these lenders update their own files, legally, with credit pulls (because the consumers have histories with them).

    I work in the "Personal, Private Information" (PPI) sector. And, some of the research/testing that's going on now is of questionable legality (I'm being very cautious in my wording here), if not, simply, mind-boggling!

    Again, it's all about the bottom-line, no matter what the cost to the privacy of those on Main Street.

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:12:49 AM PST

    •  I used to work in that sector (5+ / 0-)

      you have my sympathies

    •  I wouldn't put it past businesses to (9+ / 0-)

      use facial recognition software to give stores' sales crews the financial skinny on everyone who walks in the door.  The Capitol police are already sending citations to the homes of protesters who appear in Wisconsin's State House whether or not they give anyone their names.

      I bet that would be a good job for people who lost their jobs as data miners for health insurance companies.

      Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

      by Ice Blue on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 10:44:31 AM PST

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      •  Verizon patents DVR that tracks your actions (3+ / 0-)
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        The communications company has filed for a patent of a DVR that can monitor your actions to better target advertisements to you. According to the details of the patent—published online Nov. 29 after it was first filed in May 2011—if you’re working out, talking on the phone, or holding hands with your significant other, the shows you watch would play corresponding ads.

        Verizon’s set-top box would even parse words from your conversations and detect moods to better market to you; the patent application describes sensing a viewer’s stress and advertising aromatherapy candles or a resort.

        It is just a patent so there is no device yet.  But unless this country gets serious about privacy, we will have very little in the not so distant future.

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