a blog*on*nymity ID TRAIL MIX by Byron Thom
Credit cards and databases/data-mining/data aggregation. How does the database nation get affected by a cashless society?
I recently had the opportunity to dwell upon the loss of anonymity as
we continue the path to cashless-ness. It was on one of those west
coast road trips that seem like the perfect way to cap off a summer.
Driving to South Bay
This August, a couple of friends and I drove down to the Bay Area of
California from Vancouver to visit with friends working there. An
interesting exercise we got caught up in was to see how difficult it
would be to “stay off the radar”. Although we realized that giving out
personal information itself is not dangerous, but rather simply
provides a possibility for misuse, the recent discourse on domestic
spying and the Patriot Act in the US got us to think deeper about sharing our spending habits with US businesses and the US government.
To read the rest of this piece, visit: http://www.anonequity.org/weblog/archives/2007/09/cashless_on_the_road.php