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Michael Pokocky January 18, 2008 at 3:22 pm

{At http://www.aristotle.com/ there is absolute confirmation that might surprise all of you.}

In a current Vanity Fair web exclusive:

Big Brother Inc.
by James Verini WEB EXCLUSIVE December 13, 2007
retrieved Friday January 18, 2008

This extract is the one thing that disturbs me the most, but click on the link to be even more shocked.

“If the American public had any idea just how much of their private lives was out there, there would be a revolution,” Shelley says.

Aristotle can tell its clients more than just the predictable stuff—where you live, your phone number, who lives with you, your birthday, how many children you have. It may also know how much you make, how much your house is worth, what kind of car you drive, what Web sites you visit, and whether you went to college, attend church, own guns, have had a sex change, or have been convicted of a felony or sex crime. It can pry into every corner of your life.

And while it’s true that millions of Americans have grown comfortable with the idea of posting their own personal information on social-networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, what Aristotle does is far more comprehensive—and anything but voluntary. “[Aristotle’s] records go back to the beginning of computers, in the 1970s,” says University of Washington professor Philip Howard, the author of New Media Campaigns and the Managed Citizen. “If people got to see how much data on their personal credit cards, driving records, magazine subscriptions, and political contributions—20, 30 years’ worth of history—is collected in these places, that would be very upsetting to most Americans. And there’s no chance of opting out of or accessing these political databases. We don’t have access to our electronic political identities.”

My Pleasure!!!!

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