Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Real World? Or Is It Big Brother?

Dorothy, a regular reader, writes in:

The Obama campaign has been gathering information on millions of individuals. This story was done in April. How many more have provided information since then?

"Almost 2 million people have entered personal information on Obama pages on social-networking Web sites such as Facebook, MySpace and his campaign's, offering home addresses, phone numbers, their views on specific issues and the names of friends...."

"People who provide their information on line may not realize that the data they are posting at may have a long afterlife and find its way to other campaigns in future election cycles." 

According to the Obama campaign's online privacy statement, it reserves the right to ``make personal information available to organizations with similar political viewpoints and objectives, in furtherance of our own political objectives.''

That last link is to the survey that's sent to people who want to link up with the Obama campaign. It is three pages long. You can't go to pages two and three without filling in page one where one of the questions is how often you attend religious services.

As the article states, because people are providing the information in the privacy of their homes and are doing it voluntarily to someone they trust, they will be more open and honest.

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