I ran across a blog about blogging the other day, and have been giving much more thought to my own feeble attempt here. Apparently there is much money to be made from blogging, although I’m not sure I could ever come up with a consistent topic to blog about.
“As you navigate our Website or use the StumbleUpon Services, certain information may also be collected passively, including your Internet protocol address, browser type, operating system, time of day, general physical location, and browser language.”
Passively collecting information, in addition to what you had to knowingly provide (name, e-mail, date of birth, gender). And then there was this bit:
That’s a whole lotta sharing going on. And they don’t name their “parent company”. So really, who’s minding the store? Who’s the ringmaster here? Google rolled over and gave it up to the Man when asked for information on their users. Will these other sites do the same? As I said, I don’t mean to single out StumbleUpon, as I’m sure their policies are pretty standard. My question is: Before signing up for these things and giving away the farm, does anyone even read the privacy policies? Do you care? Has personal privacy become irrelevant? Can we not make a move without someone recording it anymore? Maybe because I grew up in an age before camcorders and cell phones with cameras, and the internet I feel it more keenly. The generation that was raised on this technology has been inured to it, and accepts it without question. Programmed by the technology. And yet here I sit, plugged in and easily tracked if someone wanted to track me badly enough.