Kathleen Parker: In this age, whatever you do will be known by the data stalkers

Published: Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

There's no habitable place left on the planet where one can move to escape the data stalkers. Speaking of which, a peeve more personally concerning than whether Edward Snowden discovers where I get my tasteful highlights — or, as the Obama campaign mastered, which candidate I might support given my proclivity for same.

Online shopping.

Take one little tiny peek at an item of even remote interest and you are owned by The Thing. Once I Googled a purse that, turned out, cost $1,200. I moved along.

Not so fast, hissed the serpent.

A full year later, I'm reading about immigration reform and suddenly the $1,200 purse slithers into view, imprinting my brain with temptation I didn't invite.

But, yes, I did. I Googled. I oogled. And, though I resisted, I am henceforth captive to an automated data pimp.

Know this: Whatever you have done online is known. Whatever you will do will be known. And thanks to me, not even Mrs. McQueen and Mrs. Harry G. Brown, bless their dear, departed hearts, can ever be anonymous. Or hot.

Kathleen Parker's email address is kathleenparker@washpost.com.

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