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Brokers use ‘billions’ of data
points to profile Americans

Washington Post, by Craig Timberg

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Posted By:ruready?, 5/27/2014 1:25:18 PM

Data brokers that quietly gather billions of pieces of data on Americans should be required to operate more openly, so that those categorized as “financially challenged” or possibly suffering from serious medical conditions have the ability to check and challenge those characterizations, a federal report said Tuesday. The data broker industry, which is lightly regulated, develops profiles of hundreds of millions of people using online and offline sources, such as magazine subscriptions, visits to Web sites, posting on social networking services and purchase histories, the Federal Trade Commission reported. The information sold to marketers can include race, income and homeownership.

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Give me 1) the data of 100 Tea Partiers and 2) their calling patterns and I will identify the rest of the Tea Partiers. And yet many conservatives say, "hey, the NSA is not recording my phone conversations so it´s not a big deal". I wish that Obama and the IRS were as ignorant.

Letting Clapper skate and condemning Snowden is a clear failure to recognize the power of statistics.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bkt23, 5/27/2014 1:57:50 PM     (No. 9863555)

Correct, ready. Oh, how I wish others saw as clearly as you do.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 5/27/2014 3:00:15 PM     (No. 9863632)

Will this information be shared with your credit card provider and thus affect your future credit score?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 5/28/2014 6:03:14 AM     (No. 9864153)

These ´brokers´ then sell the information to the DNC and NSA. Both know everything about you. Once they know, the WH knows. I better start looking at the sky for Barry´s special drone attacks.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JimJr, 5/28/2014 12:03:43 PM     (No. 9864648)

Facebook - Nope.

Twitter - Nope.

Google - Nope.

Credit/Debit cards - Only when absolutely necessary.

Cash - Using it to keep whatever is left of my anonymity.



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