Selling information


Today Stream of Conciousness prompt is ‘information’; something that has been on my mind lately. It is blog-worthy but a good post would require a lot of editing so I apologize in advance if I seem to be rambling….. because I am.

People and businesses are making money selling our information. Our e-mail addresses, phone numbers, street addresses and even where our car is at any given moment.

You’ve all seen those things on Facebook that lure us to answer questions such as; “Name a city without the letter ‘A’. I bet you can’t!”  Well, of course thousands of people can and do type a city with the letter ‘A’.

How about “can you read this?”  jumbled letters or upside down. You can? That’s amazing but so can thousands of others.

How about “Find the secret meaning of your name” or your “hippy name”. or your better qualities. Ever notice they are all good?  “I’m caring and creative!”  “I have the brains of a Ph.D!” No one ever gets bad things.  “You are moody and impossible to live with” “Your hippy name is Skid Mark”

In March and April there was a huge push toward Air Miles from the Corporation that runs Sobeys. Foodland, IGA and others were a part of it. We wore Air Miles T-shirts (think of the millions of Air Miles T-shirts for all those employees across Canada) and pressured everyone to GET THEIR AIR MILES CARD!  You get rewards! You want rewards, don’t you?   I kept wondering, “What’s in it for them? Why all this money spent just to give us points?”  Because now they can track you and your purchases and information is money.

How many of you got one of those things on your car that tracks every move you make and what time you do it?  I got one but was reluctant to put it on. I got two e-mails saying “We don’t see you yet…. put on the tracker and save 5%!”  I did it. The insurance company wants to keep track of you for your safety and information. You might save some money in the future!

The police have to have a warrant to put something on your car to track you but since we’ve allowed the insurance company to put it on, there’s no need to. They can track us through our insurance company who can sell information. They can track where you are shopping or worshipping or being entertained.

Recently I tried get off satellite TV but they got a super sales person to make me a deal I couldn’t refuse. (you should try it; they cut my costs drastically)  But what scared me is that the sales person had so much information about me. She looked up my internet use….. as in how much I used my internet…… and this is a totally different corporation. I asked her how she had that information and she said “HA! you wouldn’t believe……” something along those lines.

There’s not much we can do about it. Don’t click onto things. I good tip is when you ever get questions on your income….always check off the lowest. If you are poor they can’t sell you anything.

Although I really don’t like it, I’m not too worried about it. My life is pretty boring and I’ve got nothing to hide. But its a creepy feeling to think that everything you do can be tracked. The question is “Is anyone watching?”

7 thoughts on “Selling information

  1. I think it is a big problem. Maybe not for this moment, but in a few decades where those sci-fi predictions start coming true and one large computer takes over and runs the entire world. I’m not really kidding. I can see this very easily controlling masses of people. Few of us understands the technology. Few of us understand how broad-sweeping it is. I don’t lose sleep over it… but I think we probably should.

  2. It’s pretty hard to stay off the personal info grid these days. It probably wasn’t too different back when we thought it was, though. However, there’s also the cameras on streets and buildings (not to even mention inside), etc. I feel like we could call it Soviet America, or the People’s Republic of the United States. It’s spooky.

  3. I don’t like it either. There are things we can do to throw the prying eyes off, but they (whoever they are) will still know something about us. On the other hand, it’s nothing new. In the old days people were tracked by their nosy neighbors. Jews in Nazi Germany were hunted down through local records that required the recording of religion. I think it’s been an obsession since ancient times for people to keep track of each other.

  4. Don’t forget all the ‘inoculations’ that are now ‘required’…yeah, that’s right…microscopic-who-knows injected right into you…”for your own good” 🙂
    Go ahead, call me ‘paranoid’.

  5. Great post and you brought up a lot of wonderful points in it. Every corporation wants a piece of our information and they’ve created clever ways to get it. And the sad part is, all they have to do is offer us a sweet treat usually in the means of discounts and we fall for it every time. This cat is out of the bag, so to speak and there is really no way to put it back in.

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