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Banking On Your Personal Online Data 106

snydeq writes "While privacy groups are working to lock away your personal data, a better — or perhaps supplementary — option may be to let you sell it for what it's really worth. 'Whether it's Facebook, Twitter, Google Drive, or Pinterest, the truth is the product is you — all that data about you used to target ads and sales pitches. It's hardly a new business model — it's how trade publications have made their money for decades — but in the online world all that information is easily stolen, traded, and spread. ... If the data has value — and we know it does — its creators (you and me) should be paid for it. And if we take over the selling of our data, all those companies using it now have to respect us and abide by our standards.'"
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Banking On Your Personal Online Data

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  • by EdIII ( 1114411 ) on Saturday June 16, 2012 @10:25PM (#40348627)

    You forgot one thing...

    Installing MyCleanPC, and the subsequent ass-raping your PC will receive, is vastly more preferable than the mental-ass-raping you will receive by watching 2 girls 1 cup.

    Thank you very much. I had almost forgotten about that travesty on the net. Thanks for freshening up those wounds for me.

  • by jhobbs ( 659809 ) on Saturday June 16, 2012 @11:13PM (#40348867)
    I'll happily share anything and everything advertisers want to know about me if I could ever just get ads that were relevant to me. As an example, Hulu gave me ads for diapers, Charter Cable Internet, and Gucci Cologne in the last show I watched. Charter isn't in my area, I hate kids (and I'm gay so the odds of an accidental one are near zero), and I buy unscented everything. Facebook's targeted ads are just as awful. I mean, its like no one wants my money. And with no wife or kids and my own business I have plenty of it to spend.

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