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Credit card company data mining makes us all instances of a type

The New York Times has recently published one of their in-depth,
riveting descriptions of how

credit card companies use everything they can learn about us
Any detail can be meaningful: what time of day you buy things, or the
quality of the objects you choose. So who gave them permission to use our purchase information against us? What law could possibly address this kind of power play? There’s another disturbing aspect to the data mining: it treats us all as examples of a pattern rather than as individuals.

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