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Your privacy is the latest Internet gold mine

Posted on Tuesday, August 03 2010 @ 07:00:40 CEST by


Wall Street Journal has a piece on one of the fastest-growing businesses on the Internet; the business of spying on consumers to pass information about you and your interests to tracking companies and advertisers.
Hidden inside Ashley Hayes-Beaty's computer, a tiny file helps gather personal details about her, all to be put up for sale for a tenth of a penny.

The file consists of a single code— 4c812db292272995e5416a323e79bd37—that secretly identifies her as a 26-year-old female in Nashville, Tenn.

The code knows that her favorite movies include "The Princess Bride," "50 First Dates" and "10 Things I Hate About You." It knows she enjoys the "Sex and the City" series. It knows she browses entertainment news and likes to take quizzes.

"Well, I like to think I have some mystery left to me, but apparently not!" Ms. Hayes-Beaty said when told what that snippet of code reveals about her. "The profile is eerily correct."
You can read it over here.


 



 

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