[ExI] Loyalty schemes (was: Re: bitcoin used for nefarious purposes)
William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 27 15:03:24 UTC 2016
Nobody believed that corporations would track consumers or that government
would track citizens. Harvey
I don't mind at all. Amazon knows all about me because I buy tons of stuff
from them. So when I buy or just look around they give me suggestions
based on what I've already bought. I cannot count the times I've bought
some book or something because of that. I think this is a great benefit.
I don't know what that engine is called - the one that makes suggestions -
but I love it.
Of course I don't like getting spam or robocalls and so I shut those off as
best I can. Smailmail, however, is fine. Subscribe to Organic Gardening
and you will get everything related in your mailbox next week. Fine. I'll
read their offers and, mostly, dump them in the trash. I have opted out of
credit card offers (no debt), but have used them in the past. I have even
called 800 numbers asking them to stop sending me stuff.
So for me, knowing what I have bought and sending me offers has worked out
just fine for me.
On Sat, Mar 26, 2016 at 9:05 PM, Harvey Newstrom <mail at harveynewstrom.com>
> On Saturday, March 26, 2016 6:06 AM, Ben wrote:
> > That's also my perspective as a customer. So who benefits from these
> > irksome schemes? Not me, the customer, not the business, but someone
> > must. Who? Why do these schemes exist?
> Loyalty schemes require you to identify yourself with your purchase. That
> allows companies to profile you and your buying habits to sell your data to
> advertisers and other companies. The stores make more money selling your
> personal information than the discounts they give you.
> This was included in my 2001 talk at Extro-5, "Privacy Today: The Battle
> Your Online Identity." The topic was pretty controversial back then.
> Nobody believed that corporations would track consumers or that government
> would track citizens.
> Harvey Newstrom www.HarveyNewstrom.com
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