Big Brother Obama is watching you on-line despite his claims to want to protect your privacy.
Dave Levinthal of Politico reports on Team Obama’s vast efforts to tap people’s on-line behavior to gin up votes and money for his campaign :
President Barack Obama wants companies like Google and Facebook to reform their privacy practices.
But that’s not stopping his reelection campaign from tapping the rich data Internet companies hold on millions of potential voters.
Obama for America has already invested millions of dollars in sophisticated Internet messaging, marketing and fundraising efforts that rely on personal data sometimes offered up voluntarily – like posts on a Facebook page- but sometimes not.
And according to a campaign official and former Obama staffer, the campaign’s Chicago-based headquarters has built a centralized digital database of information about millions of potential Obama voters. (…)
… [Obama] has two faces.
One face says what many people want to hear. His other face does the exact opposite in order to benefit Barack Obama.
He wants to capture the young and libertarian-minded people by loudly broadcasting his desire to protect their privacy on-line, while he commands his campaign to spend millions of dollars to snoop on them for campaign purposes. (…)
To add one more level of hypocrisy to Obama’s snooping, he has been trumpeting his concern for on-line privacy and introduced a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights that he intends to use as the foundation for future legislation. However, if it is enacted, there is a loophole: it would not apply to political campaigns.