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Old 06-15-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
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Got a think in the mail that included five dollar bills. They want to install a router (we don't have one) for free then monitor our web use and TV use for $30 a month.

I can't think of a downside to this. What do you think?
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:38 PM   #2
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If you don't mind the data logging, I'd say go for it. I wish Google wanted to subsidize my browsing!
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:41 PM   #3
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Obviously they've linked you to the tea party.

This isn't what it seems.

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They already have your bunk ready in the FEMA camp, Coco
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How long until service providers write language into their contracts allowing them to monitor data to and from your address? It will be glossed over as there to allow for a better more streamlined browsing experience and to allow targeted marketing. Next step then would be government demanding records of peoples usage. Call me paranoid, but as soon as we as a society begin to accept that organizations, public or private, monitoring what we do in the privacy of our own homes, the sooner we reach 1984.

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Got a think in the mail that included five dollar bills. They want to install a router (we don't have one) for free then monitor our web use and TV use for $30 a month.

I can't think of a downside to this. What do you think?
Depends on what you surf.





Yeah ... this offer probably wouldn't work out for me.
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How long until service providers write language into their contracts allowing them to monitor data to and from your address? It will be glossed over as there to allow for a better more streamlined browsing experience and to allow targeted marketing. Next step then would be government demanding records of peoples usage. Call me paranoid, but as soon as we as a society begin to accept that organizations, public or private, monitoring what we do in the privacy of our own homes, the sooner we reach 1984.

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I believe the Patriot Act authorizes all those things already, without warrant or any other judicial process, just an administrative authorization from some security bureaucrat. National Security letters from the FBI must be obeyed and must not be disclosed.

We have to stop electing people who re-authorize the Patriot Act.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:46 PM   #7
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Only thing to worry about is your scrapbooking porn stuff
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How long until service providers write language into their contracts allowing them to monitor data to and from your address? It will be glossed over as there to allow for a better more streamlined browsing experience and to allow targeted marketing. Next step then would be government demanding records of peoples usage. Call me paranoid, but as soon as we as a society begin to accept that organizations, public or private, monitoring what we do in the privacy of our own homes, the sooner we reach 1984.

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I don't see how this is any different from the Nielsen Ratings from TV. I'm sure people freaked out about that "privacy invasion" too, when it was first introduced.
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Google already monitor your web use...

how do you think you get targeted google ads?

So knowing they're already tracking the entire planets browsing, this honestly feels iffy to me.
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Google already monitor your web use...

how do you think you get targeted google ads?

So knowing they're already tracking the entire planets browsing, this honestly feels iffy to me.
Wait - what do you mean iffy? If they are already tracking everything anyway, why is it iffy?
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Wait - what do you mean iffy? If they are already tracking everything anyway, why is it iffy?
Meaning why would they need to pay you for information that they already have access to?

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It's data-quality assurance: they want to compare what they have about Coco by two different means.











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Meaning why would they need to pay you for information that they already have access to?

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Maybe they want to take photos INSIDE people's homes for a whole new dimension of Google Maps...

I would not do it because it sounds dodgy and would give them RL access to my home. Seriously, who sends cash in the mail? I would contact Google directly (NOT using info provided in said letter) to find out whether it's really authorized by the company or some strange third party scam.
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Now that I think about it, Malia is right. Google mailing people cash so they can install a router to monitor their networks would be HUGE news, especially over at /. and ars. But I can't find anything about this.

Either ignore, or contact Google (if it *IS* a scam, contact the feds so maybe they can catch the culprits.)

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