Be afraid, be very afraid — 5 Comments

  1. Ian, It’s not only when you’re travelling by car that you need to be afraid. The Dublin web summit was on last week and I was reading an article in the info praising a new software which is being marketed to retail business owners. Basically it tracks a person as they enter a store, using blue tooth technology on a persons mobile phone, it tells the retailer how long that person stays in the store and which departments/aisles they are browsing in. If a person picks up a product and then puts it down again, a text will automatically be generated to that customer telling them about offers on that product.
    I can’t remember the name of the software, but I don’t like the sound of it at all, it’s bad enough that by using a Clubcard, Tesco and the likes already have a ‘profile’ of me on file, but this is a step too far.

  2. I suppose switching the phone off would fox them. I know I have suggested before to people that they should swap Tesco cards with friends from time to time and use the other person’s card before swapping back – it breaks the pattern, or to use the card when buying things for other people.

  3. I think there is much that can be done to sabotage such measures – not in terms of vehicle tags, perhaps, but in terms of the passive co-operation we offer to those who would monitor and control us.

  4. Heartening to see that people are not all automatically going quietly into the surveillance blizzard.
    I like the sneaky idea of loyalty card swapping.

    By the way, if you have any friends who use iTunes – especially in the North or across the water – would you mention this website to them – – it’s about a little boy called Fynnjan who I know and am helping. He has Aspergers. Has written a song called The Spirit of Christmas. Trying to get to Christmas no1. Raising funds for National Autistic Society and Nordoff Robbins music therapy. All very lovely.

    P / BWT

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