Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Gorilla, Oct 1, 2012.
Full Article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/deconstructing-recommender-systems
This is an annoying aspect to the 'free' offerings on the Net. With a few rare exceptions, most 'free' software that you can use online, or downline at no cost, carries with it some invasion of your privacy. Pretty much everybody is doing it, especially the search engine providers like Google, Ask, Bing and now even Amazon. The background ads you see when you use Destee even as a non-premium member are just one of many examples of how pervasive this is. Destee may not herself be selling your information, but it is not necessary for her to do so. She no doubt subscribes to some form of hosting service and it is common for such businesses to collect and sell marketing recommendation info of their subscribers to advertisers.
Google is a multi-billion dollar corporation, despite you being able to use their search engine for 'free', because they are selling access to you, and recommendations of what you search for, to their advertisers. Anytime you provide any personal information to any web site, especially when they say it is just to register their product or just to register to be a member of their service, you should assume that your information is going to be sold directly or indirectly to someone else.
And it is all legal.
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