Trading Big Brother

I often wonder why there is so much effort to find out if I like peanut butter and if I buy wheat grass seed online. I also wonder when Google knows I want brownie mix, 5lbs, at 3am Sunday morning, why is it our government cannot ascertain the real unemployment rate?

What else would motivate privacy violators than creating a new type of market exchange, trading your personal online data like baseball cards.

The Wall Street Journal dug in, ran some tests and this is the summary of their investigative findings on the business of profiling you:

  • The study found that the nation's 50 top websites on average installed 64 pieces of tracking technology onto the computers of visitors, usually with no warning. A dozen sites each installed more than a hundred. The nonprofit Wikipedia installed none.
  • Tracking technology is getting smarter and more intrusive. Monitoring used to be limited mainly to "cookie" files that record websites people visit. But the Journal found new tools that scan in real time what people are doing on a Web page, then instantly assess location, income, shopping interests and even medical conditions. Some tools surreptitiously re-spawn themselves even after users try to delete them.

Big Brother IBM - It's a Brave New World

Here Comes Big Brother and it's in the form of Big Blue.

IBM mind control
Yup, every move you make, every thought you take is now being put into databases for analysis by software.

That's right and the number one target for IBM: their own employees.

By building mathematical models of its own employees, IBM aims to improve productivity and automate management

Ah, I see, the world can be just a nest of worker bees with automated software monitoring your every move.

Do you drink too much? Do you eat too many Twinkies? Hell, big brother knows because we have your profile.