I Spy – ‘Think The NSA’s Bad? Data Brokers Sell Rape Victims’ Names For 7.9 Cents Apiece’
Now tell me again how turning over phone and internet ‘records’ to private companies is going to be better then the Government having it.
‘If you thought NSA spying was bad, then wait till you read this. Data brokers, companies that sell your information to marketers for a profit, sell the names of rape victims for 7.9 cents apiece’.
‘And it gets even worse: Rape victims are not the only people who’ve lost their privacy thanks to these companies. Data brokers also sell information about AIDS victims, domestic violence victims, people with genetic diseases, and even names, phone numbers, and home addresses of police officers’.
‘Data brokers have all sorts of info on you, me, and everyone’.
‘The Wall Street Journal reports that data brokers have entire databases on people’s health. They know who has diabetes, osteoporosis, insomnia and even depression. They know when women visit their gynecologists’.
‘Collecting and selling that kind of health data, however, is legal, because data brokers aren’t healthcare providers or insurance companies. Therefore, they aren’t covered by HIPAA rules’.
‘Other info that data brokers collect involves your income, your overall financial situation, your home loan, and even what pets you have. You then get assigned to a category like, “ethnic city struggler” or “rural and barely making it.”
‘Epsilon, one of the data brokers under fire for privacy violations, said the health info they sell is “self-reported” in surveys, and isn’t mined from anywhere. Acxiom lets consumers see some of their data, but doesn’t tell them what categories they’re put into’.
‘Privacy? That’s mere fantasy in the world of data brokers. A report from the Senate says, this largely unregulated industry not only sells anything they find about you, but they’re also very secretive about it. Data brokers supposedly do this to help companies better tailor their marketing campaigns. Without transparency, though, there’s no way to know that’s all they’re doing’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/12/20/data-brokers-sell-rape-victims-names/