I just learned that Yahoo want to know everything but the kitchen sink
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lots more. see here.
and they keep nagging me to get my cellphone number. What could go wrong?
You know, everyone else collects it all too...
Google knows everything about you...our house is even easily found on Google Earth, and then I blog at Blogger, so they know a lot about my political opinions.
Ah but it works both ways:
For example, if you read my blog, I can find how you find my blog and where you live.
For example, for awhile I had someone in Ulan Batar reading me. Well, duh.
as for Facebook: well, that one just hit the news about their snooping.
But since my Federal Personnel file was hacked, presumably by Chinese hackers, I am a bit cynical about the whole matter.
How bad is it? It is so bad that both General Petreus and his chickie and the anti Trumpieboy FBI lovebirds had their emails hacked and released to the public.
now, the lawyer/client relationship is no longer a way to keep secrets. I'll have to remember that.
And of course, with Obamacare getting electronic medical records, and substituting the old fashioned family doc who could keep secrets with a nurse practitioner who fills all the information when she fills out the blanks, your medical records will be easily hacked too.
and the next step: the confessional box. Hello~ Most Catholic parishes don't have confession anymore, and I doubt many perverts and criminal actually go to confession, but never mind. Big Brother wants to know what you said... even though priests, docs, and cops know about people who make fake confessions to crimes or sins all the time.
Speaking of the FBI lovebirds, I am listening to Rush and he is mouthing off about all the folks in the Washington establishment who are related to others: the news/government/lobbyist nexus who are running the place. It's hilarious. I was sort of aware of this, but it doesn't get much publicity.
Heh. Sounds like the Philippines, where the oligarchy runs the place, and if you want to know the backstory, you have to know who is related to/married to/friends with/sleeping with/ the illegitamate kid of whom.
as for search engines: I use DuckDuckGo. and Opera for a browser.