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Dave everything seems to be political these days and YES another thread makes sense when the mods wake up.

I don't doubt that data mining is being done. I am certain that advertisers are doing it. Wife and I recently did some purchases for clothing for my sister who is in assisted living and we have to help her with this sort of stuff. Now I see ads for women's clothing all over my devices! They see me as a target consumer. It's certainly annoying! Do I have to do some more searches for marine electronics to change what they target me with? hahahahaha

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I'm the OP and I do sail on the Chesapeake—amidst tug and barge traffic, cruise ships, freighters, fast powerboats, trawlers, sailboats, fishing boats big and small and the occasional tall ship. My original impetus was that I was sailing on the Patapsco River, just a day sail and a tug called me and essentially asked me to get out of his way. I couldn't see him; he showed up eventually on the internet version of AIS on iSailor on my iPhone. I know that is delayed so my thought was... why not a transceiver.
I appreciate everyone sharing their experience. I really appreciate chef2sail participating because I've watched his posts for a long time, respect his experience sand seamanship and he sails in a similar area.
With all that said, I think I've gotten what I needed from the thread and again, thanks for all the advice.

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Pat this is very concerning. I don't doubt that there are people who mine data from your phone etc. How common is this?

My sense is that people are now addicted to connectivity and social media and all the conveniences of e commerce that going cold turkey and getting completely off the "information super highway" where they are these days would make their lives very difficult.

The challenge is how to stay on and minimize the vulnerability.

How does one know if / when they've been mined or their personal data breached? Are there any signs?

Can consumers be protected by some form of "insurance" provided by internet info and services providers?

For example I do use google maps on my phone at times to drive to someplace I don't know the route to. This can be extremely handy and something I don't want to abandon.

Do you have a recommendation which is not cold turkey? Is there any protection you can install on your mobile devices?
I feel this should be a separate thread because it's a huge topic that applies only tangentially to AIS. There is also a wealth of information on line about pro-privacy strategies. To be brief, out of respect to your questions, I'll offer this: If the product is free, YOU are the product. Social media is especially dangerous because it encourages users to generate self-surveillance that is inadequately protected. I agree the products are addictive: they were carefully designed to do just that. Think of Britain's importation of opium into China in the 18th century or the exportation of tobacco, and you'll understand the basic commercial motivation for selling an addictive and unhealthful product to the masses. It's an old story.

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Please go to big brother is watching thread and contribute your expertise.

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I'm the OP and I do sail on the Chesapeake—amidst tug and barge traffic, cruise ships, freighters, fast powerboats, trawlers, sailboats, fishing boats big and small and the occasional tall ship. My original impetus was that I was sailing on the Patapsco River, just a day sail and a tug called me and essentially asked me to get out of his way. I couldn't see him; he showed up eventually on the internet version of AIS on iSailor on my iPhone. I know that is delayed so my thought was... why not a transceiver.
I appreciate everyone sharing their experience. I really appreciate chef2sail participating because I've watched his posts for a long time, respect his experience sand seamanship and he sails in a similar area.
With all that said, I think I've gotten what I needed from the thread and again, thanks for all the advice.
Jim you are too kind , everyone knows I’m a curmudgeon.
Glad you got what you needed.
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There has always been data collection. Your address was in the phone book. Your checking account number was in every check. Your neighbors k row when you were home and when you were not. You may even try to mess with the data, by leaving a light on. The scale is huge now, but the idea of people watching you is not new.

There are two new problems. First, you don’t realize you’re being watched. This can be fixed. Second, the amazing amount of watching g that can be done is more efficient and more likely to yield results. Targeted marking is not a threat. Who cares. It’s only a concern what people do with data, not what computers do with it. People suck.


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