Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ] on Friday 05 May 2006 18:42 \__
>> "Tracking usage behavior in computer systems
<snip big-brother patent abstract>
> Also confer the following unnerving article from a former Microsoft manager:
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| But the benefit to the web sites is much greater, because now they can
>| pool and share their information about you. Let's take a hypothetical
>| example that's possible today. Microsoft's online travel agency Expedia
>| is a Passport web site, and Microsoft Investor is too. One day, Expedia
>| could start offering higher fares to customers who have more than a
>| million dollars in their Investor stock portfolio. There's not
>| really anything technically impossible about this, and it's probably
>| legal, too.
Doesn't anyone else see the problem here? Or have we become so inured
to Microsoft's attitude to ethics and the law, that even in cola, we
suffer from a collective cognitive dissonance.
If I saw the term "and it's probably legal too" from any exec from more
or less any other company, I think it would make the newspaper
headlines, but from Microsoft, nobody seems to expect anything better.
> It is the danger of targetted, well-informed (intelligence/spying) delivery
> of content with financial agendas in mind. Microsoft violate ethics by
> exchanging browser cookies across Web sites and re-directing to fool the
> innocent surfer.
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