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“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place”
You blew it on this example, disproving your entire point. Thanks! Just like with TV advertisements, advertisers can make the exact same decisions about which periodicals they want to advertise in, based on the content itself without requiring individual user profiles! This is how it's been done for decades on TV, and there's no reason it can't work like this with digital subscriptions as well. If they're able to eke out some add'l personal data from some people (just...
I agree with this. But what I do like is that all the media play is at least making people pay more attention to the overall issues - especially with location data. Awareness is a Good Thing.And you're absolutely right about browser, search and purchasing history being bigger concerns. Google really does know more about most people than they know themselves, and that should worry people a lot more than it appears to be right now. Much of this tracking and profile...
And I find it totally unacceptable for any organization to build and own those kinds of profiles, especially to their own advantage. Hence I only use credit cards when absolutely necessary. It's surprisingly liberating (most of the time) to pay for all your general purchases by cash. No having to sign for things, much less likely to spend big $ on stupid things you regret later, no (well, less) worries about stolen info, no "life-breadcrumbs" left everywhere you...
Yup, spread the word! So you don't really save with a card, but the problem is, if you shop at these stores and don't want to play the games, you DO end up paying more. It's a no-win for the consumer. I understand they have a right to do this, but on the rare occasions I shop at one of these chains and do end up paying more (unfriendly cashier that won't just scan their own register card) it pisses me off enough to not go back to that chain again for a long time. So...
You have got to be fking joking! You obviously did NOT read the entire topic with that goal. It only took me a couple minutes of quick scanning to find these insulting comments. And there were plenty more that were accusatory and/or dismissive. He or she (magic) has been on-topic and polite throughout, you just don't agree with him. In the end, you're being a dick. Speaking of aliases, it looks like FreeRange and d-range are the buddies or aliases. Speaking of...
That sounds about right.I'll chime in to say that I'm pretty trusting of Apple as well, but where there's doubt I still like to have verification. There are far too many fanboys and apologists around here, especially about privacy issues. (I'm not counting you in that group). And I'll also say that as far as privacy issues, while I don't have 100% trust any organization, I trust Apple more than pretty much any major corporation that I'm aware of or deal with. Especially...
Well that's uncommon here, but accepted. And ditto.I think you're making some of the same points, just from a (presumably) different vantage.Subscribing to a physical periodical obviously includes the address, which, as you mention, leads to a treasure trove of statistically-likely information. But the age of physical subscriptions is winding down, and giving a publisher access to that kind of information needs to be a decision made by the consumer. Or at least made...
I think we can agree that for every individual there is a different level of "within reason". For many different scenarios, some literally for safety, some financial, some personal.For the most part, this can be done (and has been done for 50 years) simply by targeting toward the demographic of the web site, article content, TV show, magazine, etc... And I have no problem with that at all. It's not AS accurate as profiling, but it's reasonably accurate without delving...
In the voice of Steve Martin: Excuuuuuse Me! You said "location", which really doesn't mean much in this context. What they ask for in this case, as I said, is: name, email, zip code. And then we'll add the data you suggested: age group, sex, location, income. So now that it's name-calling time (wtf?) I guess you're a bigger dumbass than I, because you somehow think that advertisers can't match that information to an address. Either you are woefully ignorant of the...
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