Consumer Affairs (15 December 2021)


You may not realize it, but that pack of disposable razors you just bought can enable you to be tracked wherever you go. Same with that discount card you used to buy the razors in the first place.

Somewhere, a computer is collating and tabulating all of your information from the moment you step into the store, and using it to generate a "profile" of you for unknown purposes.

Not only that, but one day in ...

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The Seattle Times (12 December 2021)


Listen up: Beware of "iPod finger"

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A recent report predicts 41 percent of households in the U.S. will be watching movies on HDTV displays by 2009.

Source: In-Stat

Watch out iPod users, you might be the next victim of a new repetitive strain injury doctors are calling the "iPod Finger."

The British Chiropractic Association is warning "music-mad consumers" that constantly hitting the tiny buttons and scroll wheels of portable music players could be hazardous to their health, according to Vnunet.

The ...

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Mother Jones (6 December 2021)

Total Surveillance

New consumer-tracking technology threatens to make personal privacy a thing of the past.

| Tue Dec. 6, 2005 3:00 AM EST

Imagine a future in which your every belonging is marked with a unique number identifiable with the swipe of a scanner; where your refrigerator keeps track of its contents; where the location of your car is always pinpoint-able; and where signal-emitting microchips storing personal information are implanted beneath your skin or embedded in your inner organs.

This is the future of radio frequency identification (RFID), a ...

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