from the watching-the-watchmen dept.
dtjohnson writes "Amazon.com has applied for a patent to create
an online customer database which would allegedly contain
'massive amounts of intimate information about its millions of
including their religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity and
income.' From the article: "The database, which would
combine information disclosed voluntarily by
customers with facts gleaned from public databases, conceivably would
give Amazon a larger or more detailed profile of its customers than any
other retailer. Does this cross the privacy line or is it just
reasonable data gathering to make retail sales more responsive to
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out,
which is the exact opposite.
-- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928