Charter To Begin Tracking Users’ Searches And Inserting Targeted Ads – So this internet ISP (with six million subscribers) decides it’s going to spam its customers’ screens with ads based on where they surf, what they click on, how long they stay on one page vs. the next. Anyone who doesn’t like this must opt-out online and accept a special browser cookie from Charter. So every time you clear your cache — which you should do after every browsing session — you’ll need to re-download this stupid cookie to keep from being snooped again. What else are they going to do with that data besides target advertising at you? If the government wanted a piece of that to sniff out “terrorists”, everyone’s private surfing habits would be an open book (far more than it already is, anyway). If I were a Charter subscriber, I’d switch ISPs pronto and tell them why — these scumbags have no business following me around the Web. One commenter to the post really nailed it: “Wow, is Charter centered in China?”
Shops track customers via mobile phone – Your mobile phone is about to start working against you and feeding information to the Marketing Douchebags:
Customers in shopping centres are having their every move tracked by a new type of surveillance that listens in on the whisperings of their mobile phones.
The technology can tell when people enter a shopping centre, what stores they visit, how long they remain there, and what route they take as they walked around.
Oh, great. And do you think they’ll warn you before entering the shopping mall that your phone is going to be used to track your every move? It’s bad enough that malls are designed to make you lose your bearings and keep you in there as long as possible, but this tracking shit, if it becomes widespread, will mean people will have to turn off their phones before entering if they don’t want to be watched. As if that will ever happen.
Hearing things -OK, this is by far the most disturbing of them all. The Marketing Douchebags have found a way to sonically beam advertisements directly into your brain. You basically “hear” voices inside your skull, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it or block it out. It’s very clever, and I’d actually like to experience it sometime just to see what it’s like (must satisfy my geek side), but then I’m done. I do a lot to remove advertising clutter from my life: spam filtering, opting out of junk mail/telemarketing lists, blolcking ads and certain cookies on my browser, turning off the radio when the ads start up, avoiding TV commercials, etc. But when they start placing their shit directly into my mind without my consent, they’ve crossed a very big line. (Unfortunately the story isn’t accessible at the moment, it says “Server busy”, but I’m hoping it’ll return soon. It’s fascinating and horrifying.)