Buying profile data from biggest data brokers (targeted to their owners?)



It would be interesting to pick few data brokers companies with richest profiles database and “buy” (I have no idea how this nasty business is working in reality) a profile of one selected person (maybe some well known online influencer) and compare them. I am not sure but I feel that if we pick 10 companies we could receive 10 different results and even these results can be far away from reality as online and real world are two different entities …

Or “buy” a profile of owners and managers of data brokers or big tech companies and send it to them with questions:
How do you feel when you know that all this information could be accessible for anybody who has money to buy it? How you would feel if I will buy personal profile of your relatives and provide it for free for wider community? Do you think that only selected persons (as you and other privileged groups) can be protected against this? My psychologist, doctor and other professionals which collect real information about my health, personality or other sensitive information can not provide it to anybody and in fact they are trying to help me…why do you think you can do that for your own profit? … And we can make plenty of other meaningful questions which will prove the fact that this is quite straight and quick way to hell…

I know those are disgusting thoughts, maybe even it is not legal (I am quite sure that data brokers companies with their army of expensive and brilliant lawyers are somehow protected against it), but it could be a quite eyes opening initiative for majority of people which are thinking that nothing bad is happening with privacy and surveillance in digital world …

Undermined: Explaining Why Data Collection and Mining can be Harmful

I think that would be a really interesting experiment. It would really show how info can morph and deviate from the truth…


This is a super idea, @Bozon! This should be done by someone in the know. If we commence with this we should do it as part of our Awareness Program, and define a campaign for it. Really like this.

(PS. I moved your post to a new topic from its original location here)