Lois M. Collins: Stores are spying on me. Is that a bad thing?

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  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2013 2:08 p.m.

    Stores are spying on me. Is that a bad thing?

    Well, our conservative supreme court ruled that 'corporations are people'.

    They just pay less taxes than we do.

    So, they have every 'right' to spy on 'people, people.'

    Two: Our government spies on us. Warrentless wire taps, etc.

    More of the legacy of George W. Bush. The Patriot Act.

    'Bush signs Patriot Act Oct. 26 2001'
    'This Day in History: PATRIOT Act signed into law' - Melissa Green - Liberty Central - 10/26/10
    'On October 26, 2001 President George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act into law.'

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    March 28, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    But stores are part of corporations...

    I've heard corporations are people too...

    So, what's the big deal?

    March 28, 2013 5:21 p.m.

    I use the loyalty cards and know I am being videotaped in stores, schools, roads, etc. Probably all of my emails are captured and scanned as they traverse the Internet. My online posting may have countless copies and I know for a fact the items I browse in online stores show up for days in targeted ads.

    Two things that Orwell didn't get quite right are (1) government AND corporations being big brother and (2) the volume of information being so huge that it is not manageable by any reasonable team of humans and not even with the best of computer algorithms.

    It heartens me that I often get snail mail and emails of 'sale items specifically for you' and they are laughably far, far off from being interesting to me. Now, when computer algorithms get to the point they actually show me things I want to purchase or articles that interest me, then I may begin to fear! I wish those processing the 150 billion emails a day sent through the Internet good luck in trying to find something valuable. I wonder how many millions of hours of video surveillance are taken a day in the U.S. alone?

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    March 26, 2013 11:11 p.m.

    My son works for a high-end men and womens' clothing store and I can tell you for certain that the eyeballs in the ceiling in those stores are phony; put in to look like you're being observed, but you're not.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 26, 2013 8:40 p.m.

    In many stores, their spying will find that I come in, use the loo, and go back out to the car. Maybe if they had a nice comfortable sports bar attached where men could wait we'd not try to hurry our spouses through the process.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    March 26, 2013 7:39 p.m.


  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 26, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    The internet may be our best hope for a free(er) market. If we can get the Chinese and other foreigners to open up their markets to Americans. It would be good to buy goods from the source, at the source price, rather than the American monopoly prices.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 26, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    In what part of the concept of free market does one find the use of cameras, customer profiles and history, psychology, smells, and visual prompts described? I guess it’s that part that says a business operation can do any thing it wishes within the laws that it purchased.

    I long for the ability to have a personal recorder that would record the world around me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Especially when I argue with my wife and we get to that “but you said” stage of the discussion.

    It would be good to have a complete recall of the transactions, especially what the salesman said in person and on the commercial advertisement. It would also be good to be able to instantly have a dossier on the people I meet and deal with. That way I don’t have to wait until after to know if he/she is honest or dishonest.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    March 26, 2013 6:07 a.m.

    If all the millions of people in the world can fit and live comfortably in an area the size of Texas. I can see that it can be easy to know every one personally.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    March 26, 2013 1:29 a.m.

    Yes, it's a very bad thing. Stores gather information and then sell it to the highest bidder. That information is used by insurance companies to increase or deny benefits. Anyone who uses those shopper loyalty cards needs their head checked.