In yet more fallout from the Great Super Bowl Boobie Incident, TiVo subscribers are now becoming hip to the fact that their little TV best friends are constantly ratting out their viewing habits by transmitting everything that particular subscriber watches back to the mothership, where that information is, obviously, pure crack for TV marketers.
TiVo defends this practice by saying that the data is not in any way tied in to a particular subscriber, but is aggregated and used that way. According to the article, TiVo has always been upfront about the fact that it collects data, which is good.
So it seems that people did what they do best: Not read any of the terms of the contract they’re signing.
Here’s the news flash: Your TiVo watches you. If you have digital cable, your cable company logs what you watch. When you go online, every web site you hit logs your presence. Every email you send goes through a mail server where it can be read. Every phone call you make is logged. Every credit card transaction you make is logged. Every time you go to the mall or the gas station, your picture is taken. Every time you check a book out from the library, it is logged.
Unless you go through extraordinary measures, you essentially have no privacy. Unless you vote with your dollar by only doing business with companies that have strong privacy statements and actually live up to them, this will not change. If anything, your privacy will erode more and more every day.
Have a nice day!
Posted Friday, 06 February, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.