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  •  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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