Is Cyberspace Private or an open Domain?

Is Cyberspace Private or an open Domain?

 

You walk into a store, for the sake of continuity we will call the store Radio Shack and you make a purchase.  The sales representative asks you some basic questions, such as name, address and telephone number.  However than they ask you a question that may not be ethical but so business savvy, they ask you, “What is your email address?”

 

Now the question becomes is this question confidential or public information.  You are told they will not give this information to third parties and it is just for them. Again is this question principled?  Where is the e-email address directory?  You have a phone book and unless you have an unlisted number it is for the public to see.  But there is no e-mail directory open to the public free of expenses.  So is Cyberspace private of open domain?

 

Now what exactly is done with this information?  There is a thing called e-marketing and it is a big time industry.  E-mail addresses go for as much as $0.20 each to lease, a good bargain and I say bargain is $0.10 each.  Now how many e-mail addresses do you think a store like Radio Shack accumulates over a period of time?  Probably millions!  So in reality this is a big scam. 

 

Think about how many big corporations for profit and not for profit lease this information monthly and think about where the information comes from.  This is something to think about right?  Think about how much money is being made by asking these simple questions.

 

I think the FCC should step in, because if the question is about receiving private information it should be stated to you by the sales representative.  If the question is not private or confidential then this information should be available to the public at no cost to the person seeking the information unless the person’s e-mail addresses being sought is made private by that person.  And in that case open to nobody but the government.

 

My positions are not that e-mail addresses should be made public or remain private, but that consumer awareness should be a priority.   There is something wrong with these casual questions at the mall becoming multi-million dollar money making schemes.  I mean why it can be purchased by the rich, but not open to the poor, when the information is basically about the consumer who is the working class.

 

This may sound like a minor argument.  However, e-marketing is a multi-billion dollar business and a part of a multi-trillion dollar industry.  Cyberspace rules and this is a case of the rich gaining access and the poor being lockout once again.

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