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Re: Visa, HNC Inc. develo
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M >Same goes for the supermarket reselling my
M >buying patterns. If they can sell information about me, my groceries
M >are cheaper (or they make money). Selling personal information is a
M >competitive advantage. For most people, this is more important than
M > Marc
But it's trivial in the case of supermarket "Price Plus" card programs to
use a nome de guerre and a mail drop (which you should be using in any
case). Thus you get the discount and the supermarket gets purchasing info
which may or may not match your actual demographics depending on whether
or not you lied about those as well as your name on the initial ap.
Secured credit cards allow you similar anonymous use of payment facilities
(if obtained in a nome de guerre) without surrendering privacy.
That said, I realize that it is difficult even to convince civilians of
the benfits of receiving all their mail via an agent. They consider it
weird. Perhaps "celebrity stalkers" and the general breakdown in civility
will ecourage the use of communications screening devices like mail
receiving services, voice mail, and the coming network-based
What this metaverse needs is a cheap anonymous communications server for
all who want one. This software entity located "somewhere on the nets"
would receive all email, voice, fax, video, and VR communications directed
to an individual, record and filter them, and forward (anonymously) those
communications that meet certain pre-established criteria to its principal
located "somewhere on the nets."
--- WinQwk 2.0b#0