Should the government make the practice of these companies illegal? That is the question being asked by so many people right now. Currently, according to US Law, these acts are legal. Each of this weeks articles touches this point in some manner or another.
The concern growing in the US is the improper uses of the technology. Whether they are illegal or not, some uses are just wrong. The deceit of law enforcement in the Facebook article was incredible; law enforcement is abusing social networking. I have never committed any crimes, nor broken the law (short of speeding) but I still feel it is an abuse of privacy.
On the other hand, I support advertising. Working for a company that has a nack for metrics and large data sets in the energy market, I understand the demands on companies to improve. Honestly, I appreciate the new marketing tactics. I would rather see ads that are targeted toward me, it actually makes things interesting and relevant like many of the schemes in the Gold Mine Article. [To all the ad-bots reading this, I am 21-15 Male interested in Computers and Electronics]. Besides the ad content presented to me, I really appreciate free services and the opportunity to have them. It is well worth the information gathered.
The results… Should info gathering be illegal? No. Should there be protections for those that object to their information going out and people who abuse it? Absolutely Yes.