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  •  Nah-we'll leave 'em out. (1+ / 0-)
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    greenearth

    But my point being that privacy violations by the government start with the same rationalizations ("we need this data, we're doing you a service") as those in the private sector--as should our response to them.

    •  Not exactly, but I see your reasoning. (3+ / 0-)
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      Dartagnan, greenearth, flowerfarmer

      The example that would creep me out is the first time I go into a store, hand over my credit card, and after the swipe the clerk asks me, "Do you need poster board?  I see you're on the mailing list for Watertown4Markey."

      And that's what has me pissed off about the NSA.

      •  Just wait until we have (6+ / 0-)

        advertisements that scan you as you enter a store and say, isn't it about time you bought some new underwear, Ms. Toaster?

        I'm serious--those things are in the works (see OLED technology).

        When Spielberg directed Minority Report (which is where the above example comes from) he had scientific advisors predicting exactly where we'd be by 2020-2030 so he could make the movie as accurate as possible.

        •  That was about to happen in London (4+ / 0-)
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          crose, greenearth, ladybug53, murrayewv

          It was bluetooth scanners in recycling bins scanning the phones of passersby so that they could customize the advertisements.  Among other creepy data collected.
          Slashdot link.

          Fortunately, the courts stepped in and the service was turned off.  For now.

        •  Turn off (3+ / 0-)
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          greenearth, Dartagnan, flowerfarmer

          your smart phone. Really. It's that easy. Turn it on when you need to make a call or you want to check messaging. Then turn it off. They can't track you if you have nothing to track. Until we are required to be microchipped, the smart phone is the only way they can accomplish this.

          •  Airplane mode? (2+ / 0-)
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            ladybug53, flowerfarmer

            I heard that to get away from the potentially dangerous radiation from the cell phone, keep it on airplane mode when not using it as

            I've also read taking the batteries out is the only way to stop someone from tracking you.  Perhaps just turning it off is enough to stop the corporate trackers.  I'm not sure the best way, other really limiting their use or getting rid of it

        •  I think they are already doing this (2+ / 0-)
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          Dartagnan, ladybug53

          As flying toaster mentioned above, but they are also using facial recognition software (although it's not specific to your individual face, yet, only a matter of time I'm sure).  

          There is this article from BBC for anyone interested:

          Targeted real-life adverts 'know who you are'

          http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

          Targeted adverts - based on web browsing history - have become established online, but how will the public react as advertisers start to pinpoint our habits and interests in our offline life too?

          Imagine walking into a shopping centre and the video screens nearby bring up footage from the newly-released box set of your favourite TV series.

          As you approach a shoe store your mobile flashes a special offer for a pair of the trainers with the same brand as the ones you're about to wear out.

          Then, as you walk into a coffee shop...

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