January 5, 2006

Finding Subversives

If this guy can mine Amazon Wishlists to identify your subversive tendencies just imagine what someone with resources like, say, the nsa or the fbi, might be able to do on behalf of their master. Think about what a mccarthy or a young jackboots for w group would do with this.

That someone can do this is probably an unintended consequence of a pretty cool Amazon feature. It does, though, point out that businesses like Amazon and Google have gathered large amounts of data on individuals and that this data can be misused if it is not well protected.

How much more data do you want to give them?

Via fergie’s tech blog which picked it up from Boing Boing.

Posted by Steve on January 5, 2006

I don't know about anyone else, but this just makes me want to put as many subversive books on my wishlist as possible. The only thing stopping me is that I don't like my list to be cluttered.

Posted by Laura Gjovaag at January 5, 2006 11:01 AM


Posted by Scott at January 5, 2006 12:26 PM
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