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Sell your own personal data!

By PopeFelix in MLP
Tue Jun 12, 2001 at 09:09:10 AM EST
Tags: Culture (all tags)

An article from Wired news talks about Tracy Coyle, founder of Itsmyprofile.com. Itsmyprofile.com allows you to register all manner of personal data about yourself. From there, it will be sold, and you (hopefully) get a cut.

Certainly an interesting concept. Will it fly?


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Sell your own personal data! | 8 comments (8 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Doubt it big time. (3.66 / 3) (#1)
by Kugyou on Mon Jun 11, 2001 at 08:22:48 PM EST

Their best argument, the part about choosing what you do and do not receive, will only exist at 20,000 members. I have this feeling that the service will be around for a long time, but will never reach that magical spam-busting level...
Dust in the wind bores holes in mountains
Personal information... (4.00 / 4) (#2)
by Signal 11 on Mon Jun 11, 2001 at 09:44:31 PM EST

Oh, bloody hell, just go to the next major social event, like a state fair or something, and just put a little box in a corner saying 'win a FREE trip to FLORIDA, just fill in the attached card to enter for your chance to WIN!' ... and then sell the results... $3000 from all the suckers personal data you sold... cost of trip? Probably nothing, because the fine print says you'll pay for the hotel, but they need to get the plane tickets. :^)

think that's sleezy? Guess what, it's a better business plan than this!

Society needs therapy. It's having
trouble accepting itself.

But how can I get paid unless... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
by marlowe on Mon Jun 11, 2001 at 10:00:54 PM EST

I give them my real name and address? No way I'm doing that.

Hell, let's spam these clowns with bogus info just for yucks. Who wants to write the Perl script?

-- The Americans are the Jews of the 21st century. Only we won't go as quietly to the gas chambers. --
Dude, lighten up. (none / 0) (#5)
by kwsNI on Tue Jun 12, 2001 at 12:15:19 AM EST

This service isn't collecting info about you unless you provide it. So quit bitching about it if you don't like it and don't send them your info. Instead of always trying to break the system, ask what the point is first.

Why don't you try to break the systems that invade your privacy without your consent?

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it. -Jack Handy
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Mmmm...identity whoring (5.00 / 2) (#4)
by MattGWU on Mon Jun 11, 2001 at 11:59:17 PM EST

Anyone who would do this must have several problems including: 1. Thinks so little of themselves that they're willing to sell personal information to unnamed companies with unknown intentions, and unknown or nonexistant contracts on how to deal with the purchased information. They'll probably turn around and sell it again.

or, alternately:

2. Who wants your crappy old data, anyway? Don't give yourself so much credit...jeeze. The Australian hair removal product, cheap student travel, offshore keno/sports betting, and "Hot hot hot bare-ly legal sorority shower sweethearts" industries are going to get along just fine without knowing that you personally couldn't tell the difference between your usual coffee and new Foldgers Crystals.

3. Give me a call later...I'm going to give you a killer deal on a cookie recipie for you. I know you're not doing anything if you have so much time on your hands you can sit around all day and fill out these personality profiles, then deal with the massive volume of crap that will soon follow.

There is a whole big deal on the site about how it's possible to edit or remove data. This is meaningless. Once the data is out, and someone has bought it, its out. Any altered data is redundant for all concerned, and all deleted data simply won't exist in future transactions, but will exist in all prior. The site says that any company found to be redistributing data will be banned. Who cares? The data is gone...they can't get any new, but they can sell what they got as much as they please. This would be next to impossible to discover, anyway. I was also reassured by the explaination of what security measures are in place to protect data from theft. Oh wait...there wasn't any such discussion. My mistake.

The whole feeling I got out of the site is one or more of:
  • Giving out personal data on the internet is unavoidable.
  • You should give in to invasion of privacy by selectivly giving it up, rather than fight the invasion. BS.
  • If you can't beat 'em...join 'em!!
  • You're not whoring yourself and your privacy, you're a master of your own destiny!

    I think we all get the point. +1 FP on this one, though...could be an interesting discussion on where privacy is going: Selective personal prostitution through untrained individuals who were burnt at an online casino.

  • Here's a thought. (5.00 / 3) (#6)
    by tezmc on Tue Jun 12, 2001 at 08:23:57 AM EST

    Person X starts up two companies, Company A and Company B.

    Company A develops a website for people to register their personal data.. promising that they will get a cut of any sales of said data.

    Company A sells data to company B, Company A's registered users get a cut from the sale.

    Person X winds up Company A, complaining about lack of interest etc..

    Company B, also owned by person X continues selling data without that troublesome promise to cut the data's owners in.

    The eight legged groove machine
    I'll sign in, but only after Scott NcNealy has (none / 0) (#7)
    by Quietti on Tue Jun 12, 2001 at 01:27:11 PM EST

    Some what sarcistic, but true:

    If Sun's leading man Scott McNealy dares sign in, spill anything and everything there is to know about him and more, including stuff he would rather not tell his own mother, then I will gladly sign up too.

    Knowing that Mr.Big Mouth is not even remotely likely to walk the walk in support of his "You already have zero privacy, get over it" statement, I think I can sleep well tonight! ,-)

    The whole point of civilization is to reduce how much the average person has to think. - Stef Murky
    Selling my information (none / 0) (#8)
    by tracycoyle on Thu Jun 14, 2001 at 01:28:55 AM EST

    Healthy skepticism is a good thing. Suggesting that you should spam the site is not.

    The activity and preference information you provide is separated from your contact and registration information.

    You will always be able to delete your activity and preference information. Your contact and registration information is not, never will be, for sale.

    There is no discussion about what security measures are being taken...two reasons: no sense in giving any more help to security violators than they get already; and don't want to encourage anyone.

    I am who I say I am, doing as I say I will. Thank you for your interest and the comments.

    Tracy Coyle
    Founder, It's My Profile

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