Hello my online friends! Today's post is more of a "hey, whaddayaknow" on my part, but if anyone out there wants to chime in with helpful information Please Do So.
Not everything is free in this world, and when you sign up for Internet services they are collecting data about you. Fair enough in some instances -- that is how marketing gets done. But what else happens with that information? The Wall Street Journal tested sites to see which ones share your personal data; you can read those results here.
Then read Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. Not only will it blow your mind as an examination of national security versus civil liberties, but it's full of information on how you can wiggle around this stuff. At it's most benign, getting stalked and having ads pop up at you left and right is just annoying. At worst, there's a trail of information about how you use the Internet that is no one's business but your own.