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Should we be concerned with companies owning our data?

As far as I know, google was one of the first to pioneer the business model of providing an online service free of charge in order for them to harvest user data. Now I'm sure some of you are thinking "if people are willing to give up their information, it serves them right". I believe the average person has no idea what happens behind the scenes with large online services. For that matter most politicians don't fully understand it. Now, I am not saying that google, apple, twitter, or facebook have a master plan to turn people into sheep in order control them for their own financial gain, but the truth is that the temptation is growing as we willingly give them larger windows into our lives.

This centralized data world we are moving into needs to have some serious accountability, and safegards put in place. People need to be educated on not only with where we are now, but also in how we are being led to share more and more of our lives online, and where this could lead us as humanity.

If anyone has any insights on what measures may be in place to protect people that I am not aware of, please let me know. The advantages of having centralized data is incredible, and this was a natural progression of technology which is here to stay, but I do have my concerns.

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  • Jul 4 2011: all i can say is that there ARE people out there willing to use this data maliciously; i personnally have been followed up on information shared over facebook, by overseas phishers. i want to point out that the most likely case of these happening are the 'apps' on FB. when you agree to their usage, read the fine print carefully: it more often than not states that they may access your info, your friends, at any time of day. i know this part is irrelevant but i felt i needed to share it.

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