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This user has so far shared a total of 0 links, started a total of 3 discussions and submitted a total of 18 comments.

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Interested in Internet Privacy? I'm an Information Broker. AMA., submitted: 3/31/2017 12:11:34 AM, 13 points (+13|-0)

Anyone know any good employment tracking software?, submitted: 8/27/2016 10:28:15 AM, 8 points (+9|-1)

This picture explains perfectly why the US is the way it is, submitted: 4/2/2017 4:24:18 AM, 7 points (+9|-2)

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This picture explains perfectly why the US is the way it is, submitted: 4/2/2017 4:24:18 AM, 7 points (+9|-2)

Anyone know any good employment tracking software?, submitted: 8/27/2016 10:28:15 AM, 8 points (+9|-1)

Interested in Internet Privacy? I'm an Information Broker. AMA., submitted: 3/31/2017 12:11:34 AM, 13 points (+13|-0)

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3 highest rated comments:

Interested in Internet Privacy? I'm an Information Broker. AMA. submitted by 7852456632 to IAMA

7852456632 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago

Stop using all digital communication devices (internet, phone, television that isn't over the air), never pay with plastic, never shop in the same place for the same product twice, never buy something habitually, and never go to a hospital (especially in the US). Basically, never do anything that might involve your actions generating any kind of paperwork.

Interested in Internet Privacy? I'm an Information Broker. AMA. submitted by 7852456632 to IAMA

7852456632 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago

Is it actually harder to get data for citizens with stronger privacy laws, like EU countries, compared to US ones?

This is a tricky question, and it's ultimately one of the questions that are used to slowly strip away privacy laws. No, it's not difficult to get data at all. But most of that data can't legally be used. One country in particular is a bitch about it (storing and using personal data that is not expressly given by a customer is illegal, period), but thanks to the way US law doesn't give a shit about allies, they're easily skirted by temporarily opening an LLC in Delaware, or establishing a permanent satellite office in the US if the client desires.

Interested in Internet Privacy? I'm an Information Broker. AMA. submitted by 7852456632 to IAMA

7852456632 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago

How does it work landing new business?

Mostly through recommendations or previous clients and co-workers in other fields.

When I started working for one company, pretty much everyone from HR and Legal wanted me gone. Engineers didn't understand what I did, and only the more savvier members of the marketing team were interested in anything I said. The sales team thought I just made a daily brief that anyone could do. Then for the first time in two years at that company, I took a vacation. My boss told me after that sales had spent the first few days of my vacation lighting up her phone demanding to know if "the guy who does the reports" had been fired, or quit, or was ever coming back.

Supposedly a lot of people's sales numbers had taken a noticeable dip. Partly because they weren't getting the highly targeted leads I was generating, and partly because they weren't getting information that enabled them to outmaneuver competitors' sales teams. Tech industry is cut-throat like that. HR made sure I had access to everything I wanted after that, and Legal was basically told not to interfere with what I did, and that their place was the clean up any messes. They never had to clean up any messes though, because I made sure everything I did was legal if not moral or ethical.

If this is a field you choose to go into, expect a lot of that. Guys who start out in Business Intelligence seem to have an easier time of it. But that's because a lot of them waste a year or more building their rep at a company as BI before pushing for a Competitive Intelligence initiative, or just working CI into BI. The latter method isn't efficient or cost effective at all, but whatever.

How do you get the info?

How don't I? Google. Something akin to FOIA. Certain databases both paid and free to access. Credit companies. Quarterlies and earnings calls. Sales reports. Consumer reports. Economic forecasts, weather forecasts. Word of mouth. Ever seen the Billions series? There's a lot of truth there, couched in drama as though it may be. Since I'm not a trader though, I'm not subject to quite so many SEC mechanisms. The FCC is more of a concern to me.

Gov or private?

Another tricky question. I have always been private sector. Some of my employers, however, have government clients. Read into that as you will.

Answer what you can.

I can't give details on some stuff mainly due to NDAs, but it's not exactly a "dangerous" line of work. Except for the carpal-tunnel. That shit will kill you.

3 lowest rated comments:

Interested in Internet Privacy? I'm an Information Broker. AMA. submitted by 7852456632 to IAMA

7852456632 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

Nope. Maybe I'll snatch a view one day.

Delete Facebook. submitted by bourbonexpert to whatever

7852456632 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

The FBI and CIA couldn't give less of a shit about you unless you were a legitimate threat. If you knew how much it cost for a law enforcement organization to pull up someone's Facebook information, you'd laugh until you asphyxiated. It's much cheaper, there's much less red tape involved, and far more efficient/informing to go after phone records, texts, and ISP records.

EDIT: With the new SJR34, the cost might be changing for the better.

What's really funny is people who sign up for VPNs. If you do happen to be caught in a net, any connection to a VPN instantly bumps you up every list you don't want to be on.

But your other reasons are valid.

Interested in Internet Privacy? I'm an Information Broker. AMA. submitted by 7852456632 to IAMA

7852456632 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

That's a very, very good question. Teaching not only means more competition, but also creating a variable that might decide to publish workarounds for a lot of the tricks I use. Either way, it makes me less valuable.

Of course, I can teach you the tricks. How to think is a totally different matter. Most of the people who've brushed me off knew or had access to most of the tricks already. They just, for some reason or another, lacked the way of thinking that would've enabled them to apply it profitably.

Yes, I think I would be willing to teach. For a significant, and guaranteed pay increase that would probably outclass an individual's ability to pay. Maybe I should look into corporate seminars.