Yes, it's a very bad thing. Stores gather information and then sell it to
the highest bidder. That information is used by insurance companies to increase
or deny benefits. Anyone who uses those shopper loyalty cards needs their head
If all the millions of people in the world can fit and live comfortably in an
area the size of Texas. I can see that it can be easy to know every one
In what part of the concept of free market does one find the use of cameras,
customer profiles and history, psychology, smells, and visual prompts described?
I guess it’s that part that says a business operation can do any thing it
wishes within the laws that it purchased.I long for the ability to
have a personal recorder that would record the world around me 24 hours a day, 7
days a week. Especially when I argue with my wife and we get to that “but
you said” stage of the discussion. It would be good to have a
complete recall of the transactions, especially what the salesman said in person
and on the commercial advertisement. It would also be good to be able to
instantly have a dossier on the people I meet and deal with. That way I
don’t have to wait until after to know if he/she is honest or dishonest.
The internet may be our best hope for a free(er) market. If we can get the
Chinese and other foreigners to open up their markets to Americans. It would be
good to buy goods from the source, at the source price, rather than the American
In many stores, their spying will find that I come in, use the loo, and go back
out to the car. Maybe if they had a nice comfortable sports bar attached where
men could wait we'd not try to hurry our spouses through the process.
My son works for a high-end men and womens' clothing store and I can tell
you for certain that the eyeballs in the ceiling in those stores are phony; put
in to look like you're being observed, but you're not.
I use the loyalty cards and know I am being videotaped in stores, schools,
roads, etc. Probably all of my emails are captured and scanned as they traverse
the Internet. My online posting may have countless copies and I know for a fact
the items I browse in online stores show up for days in targeted ads.Two things that Orwell didn't get quite right are (1) government AND
corporations being big brother and (2) the volume of information being so huge
that it is not manageable by any reasonable team of humans and not even with the
best of computer algorithms.It heartens me that I often get snail
mail and emails of 'sale items specifically for you' and they are
laughably far, far off from being interesting to me. Now, when computer
algorithms get to the point they actually show me things I want to purchase or
articles that interest me, then I may begin to fear! I wish those processing the
150 billion emails a day sent through the Internet good luck in trying to find
something valuable. I wonder how many millions of hours of video surveillance
are taken a day in the U.S. alone?
But stores are part of corporations...I've heard corporations
are people too...So, what's the big deal?
Stores are spying on me. Is that a bad thing? Well, our
conservative supreme court ruled that 'corporations are people'. They just pay less taxes than we do. So, they have every
'right' to spy on 'people, people.' Two: Our
government spies on us. Warrentless wire taps, etc. More of the
legacy of George W. Bush. The Patriot Act. 'Bush signs Patriot
Act Oct. 26 2001' 'This Day in History: PATRIOT Act signed into
law' - Melissa Green - Liberty Central - 10/26/10'On October 26,
2001 President George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act into law.'