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eegad (588763) writes "I've been thinking a lot about how much information I give to technology companies like Google and Facebook and how I'm not super comfortable with what I even dimly know about how they're handling and selling it. Is it time for major companies like this that offer arguably utility-like services for free in exchange for info to start giving customers a choice about how to "pay" for their service? I'd much rather pony up a monthly fee to access all the Google services I use, for example, and be assured that no tracking or selling of my information is going on. I'm not aware of how much money these companies might make from selling data about a particular individual, but could it possibly be more than the $20 or $30 a month I'd happily fork over to know that my privacy is a little more secure? Is this a pipe dream or are there other people who would happily pay for their private use of these services? What kinds of costs or problems could be involved with companies implementing this type of dual business model?" top
SOPA and PIPA Votes Delayed After Internet Protest
eegad (588763) writes "After seeing many of my friends being advertised as having used the Friend Finder tool on Facebook, I began to question this, because these friends seem the type to be more security conscious than to type their email address and password into a Facebook tool or upload their contact file. I've just confirmed with one of those who had been named that they have never used that tool. Is this an error on Facebook's part, some allowable form of advertisement that we've all agreed to or just a big fat lie to get more people using the tool? In any case, it can't be good."