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originally posted by: Edumakated
originally posted by: Nickn3
You are correct in that you are being tracked. Probably from an earlier on line search. The marketing firms can even locate the search track to a small area. Its called geofencing. How many people in your area are looking for a particular item.
Personally I pay in cash for anything that may reflect poorly on me. Restaurant food (diet), Drinks (alcohol consumption), over the counter medication or health products, groceries, and of course, guns or ammo. There is a tremendous amount of data out there. A powerful AI program will mine it for them, so that next time they can market directly to you at the best price. Or sell that info to your insurance company. Example: Mr. X orders french fries 4 times a week with lunch, red meat with ever meal, and too many drinks, he is at a high risk of heart attack. It's time to raise his heath insurance premiums.
Or do I see conspiracies every where?
Yup, that is the next step. Aggregating your entire purchase history and using that to develop risk models for insurance and credit. It won't end there. I can see models predicting crimes kind of like some precog from Minority Report. I recall reading an article many years ago that shopping habits could predict divorce.
We already know law enforcement will data mine shopping for suspects when investigating crime.
The bottomline is that you have no privacy anymore. It is gone.
That fleshlight or subscription to whatever porn site you bought 10 years ago will come back to haunt you mysteriously when you decide to run for political office.