ghost01 wrote: Huseng wrote:
You can already monitor what's going on with Twitter and Google quite easily using publicly available means.
There's a big difference between being able to search through public information on people, and building massive relational databases of people and their activities, interests, social networks and behavior. Asking intelligence employes to befriend regular citizens and monitor their activity is way out of line...
Data mining is becoming very Orwellian, especially when done by intelligence agencies. Most people do not understand that any information they put online is fair game, nor do they realize how much money is invested in collecting that data for analysis and statistics research.
I am a programmer and am myself guilty of doing it. There really needs to be more public awareness and responsibility in all directions...
Yep, A childhood classmate/friend of mine explained to me what his company did (this was 10+ years ago) and I flipped. Anyway, they collected data on all electronic transactions, this data was organized into various
statistical formats (at this point considered a valuable commodity), and then sold to "marketers" and credit card companies. And, If I remember correctly, he said that a handful of companies owned or contracted the rights to
harvest/access this information. Pretty sick stuff if you ask me and I'm sure it is easily expandable into other sources of info., etc... I asked him if he realized that he was liege with satan.