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Data collections of personal information

by DanLM In reply to The mindless wanderings o ...

There has been two topics in the news that has brought to the general population the extent that data collections of personal information is occurring. Both have involved the United States Government, but both have also involved extremely large corporations and the amount of personal information they have on us. Phone companies and Google.<br />Both of these corporations have extremely large amounts of information on the day to day lives of everyone in the world that they collect for various reasons. The phone companies, so they can bill us. And Google, so that they can provide a better search engine.<br />Most people are concerned about what the United States government will do with the information if it is given to it, or they collect. But I am also worried about what these corporations will do with this information, or are doing with this information. 1). Other then giving it to the government, how are these corporations securing our personal information from others who want it? Hackers, terrorists, selling it?<br />2). What is the ultimate reason for them collecting this information, other then what they state? Billing/personalized searches.<br />The United States Government states that they will only use this information when it cross's national borders while the corporations state their intentions to only use it for our good. To better the product they offer us.<br />In either case, I feel the same amount of scrutiny should be applied with regard to all this personal information. For both these entities(government/business) always have hidden agenda's that we never know about. <br />I only have put forward 3 area's where large amounts of personal information is collected, but think further. Credit Cards , your supermarket, the libraries, all the web sites you know nothing about where you have posted, the hotels you stay at, casinos where you gamble.<br />Personal information is collected all the time to many different sources. <br />I think my question is, with so many different area's collecting information about you. Is it personal any more? In that the collectors of this information are using it for their own goals and not yours, do you own it any more?<br />

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Data collections of personal information

by Benevolence In reply to Data collections of perso ...

<p>Sorry mate, but I had to post something here, hoping you would see it and do some more research.</p>
<p>In response to your comments regarding why my judgement of your countries laws is unfair:</p>
<p>1.  Often people from the outside have a clearer view of what is going on.</p>
<p>2. I know a lot about your country, and all countries.  I am not a citizen of the US, and am therefor educated to a MUCH higher level than you (you dumb yank).  Just look at the stats on education levels moron.</p>
<p>3. Yes, this site is for technical forums.  But make no mistake... YOU, and many of the other people on this site, particularly Americans are NOT intelligent.  You have not shown any understanding of intellectual discussion so far.</p>
<p>Also...  I watched 9/11 happen live on TV, apart from the ridiculousness of some of the reporting, the other thing I was thinking about was... yeah it's horrible, but, geez it's been coming a long time!!!  We all thought you needed a lesson in your so amazingly corrupt, ignorant and uneducated country.</p>
<p>Most of us in the REAL free world can't wait for that day when your country 'folds itself'... but hey, you probably don't even know what that means do you... huh? fatty?... go drink some Coke, and eat some Fat........ cretin.</p>

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Data collections of personal information

by Benevolence In reply to Data collections of perso ...

<p>OK..... WAIT... I take some of that back.</p>
<p>The reason I take some of the previous post back (rather than remove it) is that after carefully studying your posts I have come to the belief that you do have the right intentions, but are unable to speak them clearly.  No offence meant (by this... I have tried to offend you before), but you REALLY need to become more eloquent.  Some of your posts are VERY difficult to understand, as they are not in 'good English', and some make you sound like you are saying something different to what you are actually saying.  Maybe you are from the South?</p>
<p>Anyway, good luck with your education, I think you will be a good discussion member down the road.</p>

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I really am blind as a bat

by DanLM In reply to The mindless wanderings o ...

   I am an individual that enjoys writing Unix shell scripts and actually have pretty much automated a lot of task's on my home FreeBSD machine because of this. Scripting though, unlike formal programming languages does not have these really cool GUI debugging tools. Maybe this is one of the reasons that I enjoy it as much as I do, you have to know how to debug the old fashion way. <br /> <br />    There has been a couple shell scripts that I have worked on lately, that my bad eye sight really is making itself apparent. I wrote a security script that parses my auth.log file at home to identify brute force ssh attacks and then sets firewall rules. This script is fairly large now, because I made it pretty versital and modularized. But, even though it was identifying the attacks properly and updating my pfctl table. These tables were not being updated. Why???? Fat finger Dan had a typo in the table name which was being updated, which meant the fat finger name was not defined in the pfctl.conf. I finally gave up, and asked help in another forum and it took this one individual all of 1 minute to spot it. I swear, I could not see it. <br /><br />    The current job that I have is with a publishing company that has some Mac OS X servers. Because of my Unix experience, they asked me to help them set up some things. This required an update of the profile file with a small script. I then tried to then implement private/public ssh authentication for a CVS solution I was trying to help them implement when I noticed that when logging in, you did not end up in the correct home directory. 3 days, multiple changes to various config files. I just started backing things out. I finally found that my small script had an extra cd to a bin area.<br /><br />    This was being done at the request of someone, but it was supposed to only be within an if statement that was executed when root logged into the machine. But, instead was being executed when ever anyone logged in.<br />Again, I couldn't see it. Right there in front of me, and I couldn't see it. At least I found it myself thankfully, but it really bothers me that I could not see the extra change directory.<br /><br />    Oh well, it works now. The ssh authentication via public/private keys will now work for them.<br /><br />

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