My friend sent me this recording of "The Google." I think it's important that people look at the technology and start to sense the fact ... all » that information is being collected. I don't think that a good news report leads to immediate conclusions. I'll let you be the judge of that. But! I will say that this is news in 2007, and everyone knows that sensations sell. So, should we be worried? What price are you paying for being well connected digitally in the post-information age? Who do you trust?
From data mining to biometric face recognition, information is being stored on every person connected to technology. Shopping habits, internet searches, food preferences, personal information; we’re all being cataloged and profiled resulting in corporations gaining even more control over our lives.
QUOTES FROM THIS DOCUMENTARY
“It’s ChoicePoints business to know about you. The company maintains a database that has information on virtually every U.S. citizen. Its trove of personal data and its estimated 17 billion records includes phone numbers and addresses, credit reports and property records, bank accounts, insurance policies and social security numbers. It sells this information to major corporations, no profit organizations and the government.”
“But in addition to gathering sorting and cataloging information from public records about virtually every American, Acxiom has another business. Its acres of computers store private information about us. Information that is gathered by the nations banks, insurers, credit card issuers, retailers, car makers, and telecom companies. Almost every time you make a purchase, whether buying a book or going to the supermarket or booking a trip, there’s a record of your transaction. A record that’s kept by the company you did business with. Using a combination of this personal information along with its vast storehouse of public data, Acxiom’s computers are able to paint a remarkably detailed portrait of many Americans.”
“The law that regulates electronic surveillance…the last major restructuring of that law took place in 1986. We need a regulatory infrastructure to protect privacy and right now we don’t quite have one to match the new technologies that we have. The public needs to be putting pressure on state and federal legislators to do something about this. Its important that the public become aware of what’s going on so its voice can be heard.”
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