posted on Dec, 10 2003 @ 06:17 PM
Big Brother's little helper
Well i don't think this has been posted yet. I don't know what section would be good for this either, so i'll just drop it in here.
I saw this article linked of metafilter.com today. Thought you guys would really like to see it. It talks about a company called
. What they do is they collect all the data they possible can on all americans. Some of it is information
thats already public like, property records or criminal histories. But some of it is also more private information and they collect it all into one
large database. But they can package and sell the info to employers, insurance companies, direct marketers, state governments and at least 30 federal
You can also go and take a look at what they have on you, but aparently it's time consuming and complicated for an individual to do that, but much
easier for federal agencies.
The arcticle also goes on to talk about how not all the info is correct either. There have been reported mistakes. Some big ones, but that can make it
even more dangerous.
Anyway it's a good read (and a long one too) and well worth the time.
[Edited on 10-12-2003 by jra]