Friday, June 14, 2013

Pandora's box opened?

A telecom executive disclosed some rather um, interesting capabilities of how far technology has advanced in terms of data mining on Rush Limbaugh's show yesterday. Yeah, I know, the libs will say its Limbaugh. Read the transcript for yourself:

"our core product is a product that looks up phone numbers instantly when people make or receive phone calls and uses that information to populate details on the screen for people to use in selling or supporting customers, like their name, their address, the value of their home, their marital status, approximate income, approximate assets, cards they have registered to the address they live at, whether they're in foreclosure, Facebook profiles, LinkedIn profiles, Twitter profiles associated with that number. The advent of mobile phones has created a situation where a phone number equals a person, so the phone number's a much better index for getting everything you know about a person than something that's less easy and less public like a Social Security number. And so my company sells that information to companies so that they can know who is calling and route that call better and offer appropriate products or not...." Read the whole transcript

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anybody who thinks that all the info they enter joining websites, signing up for coupons and crap via email,etc., is just discarded isn't thinking. Companies collect it to sell more products or sell to others. I'm sure the community organizer in chief would never use any of it against his fellow Americans. After all he just loves this country and Chicago style politics is nothing if not a servant of the people...

Ophelia said...

Yep, what 7:27 said. Amen!

Donna Ladd Cyberstalked the Whitwells said...

Think of all the poor fools who sign up for any sort of social media, who bare their souls on FB, post every pic they take with their phone to the net, etc...

Then think about how lowly Donna Ladd mined that data to create a conspiracy out of whole cloth and hollered from her soapbox who the supposed conspirators were.

And it was all a fabrication.

Anonymous said...

read James Bamford on Wired June 12 2013. he was on Charlie Rose last night. Great insight into the NSA and what it does and who its associated with. They als control Cyber Command, 24th Air Force, Second Army....and all those buildings across the street at Ft Meade are contractors doing work for them including listening....WOW!!!

Anonymous said...

Two hidden cameras, a bug and a GPS tracking device follow you everywhere you go. It's called an iphone. It can also access all your email, texts, social media and knows where you will be in the future (using algorithms that can do that, based on your prior patterns, and access to your calendar).

Does your employer pay for your cell phone? Guess what! Everything you do on company property is their business and, for the most part, privacy laws do not protect you. They want to install software to keep track of the location of "company property" at all times? No problem. They want to read everything sent and received over their servers and through their laptops and phones? Again, nothing to stop them.

Think no one in the government will snoop around your stuff because you've done nothing wrong? Take a look at the number of public officials and law enforcement folks that have been busted for improper use of the NCIC database (just one example). There are numerous examples of people who have accessed it for their personal gain, to spy on political opponents, lovers, etc.

It is not the government's job to police the government; it is ours, and we're becoming too poorly educated and tech ignorant to do so.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the NSA and data mining, read this:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/

Anonymous said...

Yet another reason why I don't own a cell phone. If the goverment is interested in my google searches on how to treat foot rot in cattle, bowling, Angie Harmon and natural remedies to relieve an enlarged prostate, they are welcome to parse them.

Anonymous said...

Anyone want to bet Obama already has a registry of gun owners?

KaptKangaroo said...

These bozos are late to the game. I remember meeting with large credit reporting company back in 1996 who had the very same information vis-a-vis your credit cards.

I'm amazed to think folks are just now waking up to these clear invasions of privacy. In this case it was for marketing, but who knows where they prospected this data. Government contracts? They tend to be lucrative.

Anonymous said...

What me worry? all you have to do is line your windows with tin foil (heavy duty) and you are safe from prying "eyes" and radio beams....

KaptKangaroo said...

In your case 6:40AM you can always continue to bury you sheep head in the sand or float like a frog in a pot of water heading to boil.

Anonymous said...

Ignore KK, 6:40. I got your joke and enjoyed it. Never try to explain a joke to the humor-impaired.

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