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  •  big business is salivating all over our 'privacy' (0+ / 0-)

    I'm willing to bet the corporations involved were overwhelmingly pleased by the opportunity to hand over our information to the government - it sets them that much closer to tracking us all themselves so they can sell us more crap.

    It's all about data collection and tracking. Of course, corporations aren't interested in terrorists, they were and are interested in selling stuff. Targeting ads is a big money deal, and it depends on data collection and analysis - but targeting is often limited by fear of consumer backlash. People don't necessarily want their online habits to become part of some company's file on them.

    Imagine what a consumer would feel like if he confided in one of his favorite sites and released some personal information about himself, only to have that information used by other sites with which he may not have the same level of trust. One consumer may not care, but another may feel betrayed. And you don't want your brand being associated with feelings of betrayal, do you?

    Well, Brand America is showing no signs of any concern for anyone's feelings, and honestly that's old news. And I think the telecoms are loving it - for them it's an opportunity to erode the very concept of privacy, so they can further bombard you with the ads and god knows what else your collected data (which isn't really yours anymore) tells them you'd be susceptible to.

    It isn't just about spying for political ends, as ever it comes back to making money.

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