While I hate what companies are doing with the information that is collected on us, the information was freely provided by us. Nothing in life is free. When we use programs like Google, web browsers, and other "freeware", they collect all information that we provide. This includes what we search for, where we go online, how often we visit certain sites and what our interests are. This is how those "freeware" companies make money. They compile our information and sell it to marketing companies to target us directly for their ads.
Ever notice that once you research something, like a car or motorcycle, you start getting ads showing up about that product? Companies pay bug bucks for this information.
Can you stop it? No. Can you reduce it? Yes. One thing I do is use a Tor browser that doesn't record where you go, where you live, or what your Internet habits are. The only one who can protect your privacy on the Internet is you.
OUTSTANDING! Thank you.
One of the legitimate ways companies collect a lot of information on you, particularly supermarkets, is to give you a card to accumulate loyalty points. So you give them your personal details and this allows them to track your spending habits. Then if you go through the checkout and use any kind of credit card at the same time, they can associate that card with your loyalty card and basically have an even bigger picture of you. I avoid loyalty cards except for my airline frequent flyer card which has a credit card built in. I use it just for my flights and accommodation etc. I don't mind that they know where I fly and which accommodation I use as I often get discounts and room ugrades etc but I wouldn't do it with just any company.
When someone uses your personal information for their personal gain, that is identity theft. When companies collect information, it's more for direct marketing. When the government collects your information, who knows what they will use it for.
Yes, they gain from selling your information, but you are not financially harmed in the process. If someone were to hack into your information and steal your identity for monetary or other gain, you are financially harmed in the process.
My name is not Melinda. :) All of our information is public in some way - either we own property, or we're buying a car, or we're applying for a credit card. Nothing is really private.
I think I know my own name.
I wasn't sure if you were disputing my knowing my name or the rest of my comment.
Should? No. Can we stop them? No.
Depends on how we define collection, I suppose.
If by "collect" you mean store the info you voluntarily posted on your public facebook page, it's no less than any other person with access could do.
If by collect you mean access and store otherwise private information, no.
I think it should be a matter of consent.
They already do. The question then exists.. Why?
They already do.
I don't really see any harm in it, other than the invasion of privacy. If there was a way to do it without that, then everyone would probably be all for it. What is really unforgivable is companies who sell your information, that should definitely not be allowed.
Of course if the information had no value, they wouldn't collect it.
When they ask for information, I think we should assume that the information will be made available to any buyer at the right price.
All information has value.
No argument there.
That's why they collect the info and sell it.
Then, it does not seem like you are arguing against anything. You are basically just reaffirming exactly what I have already said.