This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult

Every move you make. Every click you take. Every game you play. Every place you stay. They’ll be watching you.

Forget telephoto lenses and fake mustaches: The most important tools for America’s 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services. For more than a decade, professional snoops have been able to search troves of public and nonpublic records—known addresses, DMV records, photographs of a person’s car—and condense them into comprehensive reports costing as little as $10. Now they can combine that information with the kinds of things marketers know about you, such as which politicians you donate to, what you spend on groceries, and whether it’s weird that you ate in last night, to create a portrait of your life and predict your behavior.

  • FactsWillOut

    This is why state-controlled vehicle registration, banking, gun licensing, prescription drug control, etc, is a bad idea.
    This is closer to THX 1138 than 1984.

    • Time to get off the grid.

      • Alain

        Except you can no longer escape the long arm of Census Canada with all the new powers the Liberals just gave them. They’ll find you wherever you are.

  • Devieg72

    Well, screw ’em. They don’t know crazy. And I am and everyone should be.

  • andycanuck

    The Chinese government?

    Oh, sorry. They just have all the information about everyone in the U.S. government who has ever had a security clearnance rating check done on them; and all the information about their family and friends who vouched for them.