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Thu Jun 6, 2013, 03:31 PM

2. I'll tell you what is more invasive

This incessant tracking of what sites we are visiting on the Internet. Every time I look at any commercial website, an ad appears for that site immediately afterward on Talking Points Memo and other assorted left political web sites and news organizations.

So, for instance, today I visited the site for Nambé, in search of a gift. Sure as shootin' the Intertubes NSA followed me there and thinks I want to go back again by reminding me of Nambé on every other site I vist. No, sorry, I don't. I'm just creeped out about the whole idea. Not so much because I think I'm being personally spied on--I know this is just high capitalism at work. What creeps me out is that somehow a profile of all the places I visit on the Internet could be compiled to "profile" me. Just try it ... you'd have a heck of a time trying to figure out what kind of consumer (or anything else) I am.

Sure, I know I can get some browser that allows me to "browse privately" or set up this or that block. But that inevitably leads to other inconveniences. The point is--we allow this to go on, willingly, on the part of private enterprise. Yet we scream bloody murder when the government tracks meta data. I don't get it.

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