We should be paid for our data that is mined!


  • Grade A Premium Asshole

    No, I don't believe that, but others do. Clickbaity title to go along with clickbaity article.

    Companies that sell personal data should pay a percentage of the resulting revenue into a Data Mining Royalty Fund that would provide annual payments to U.S. citizens, much as the Alaska Permanent Fund distributes oil revenues to Alaskans. This payment scheme would start with traditional data — customer, financial and social media information sold to advertisers — but would also extend to future forms of data like our facial expressions and other biometrics. If Google, Facebook or others were profiting from harvesting timber, oil, gold or any other public resource, it would be illegal and immoral for them not to pay for it. The same logic should apply to our data.

    This also goes along with @Lorne-Kates minimum wage topic, but I thought it could stand on its own.



  • @Polygeekery

    Keep on dreaming on.

    Sometimes even the companies don'tare too dumb to get paid.

    Once upon a time, I became aware of a company that gave access to its entire massive customer database to the equivalent of a credit agency...and then paid the agency to rate new customers.


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    @CoyneTheDup said in We should be paid for our data that is mined!:

    Once upon a time, I became aware of a company that gave access to its entire massive customer database to the equivalent of a credit agency...and then paid the agency to rate new customers.

    Apparently that company never heard of the business concept of "Get paid for your byproducts"?



  • @Polygeekery said in We should be paid for our data that is mined!:

    Companies that sell personal data should pay a percentage of the resulting revenue into a Data Mining Royalty Fund that would provide annual payments to U.S. citizens, much as the Alaska Permanent Fund distributes oil revenues to Alaskans.

    Hang on a second. Getting paid to live in a place with 70-degree summers, 18+ hours of sunlight, beautiful terrain and lots to do? What's not to like?


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    @Groaner said in We should be paid for our data that is mined!:

    Hang on a second. Getting paid to live in a place with 70-degree summers, 18+ hours of sunlight, beautiful terrain and lots to do? What's not to like?

    Move there, I will ask you in January.



  • @Polygeekery said in [We should be paid for our data that is mined!](/topic/19522/we-should-be-paid-for-our-data-that-

    Move there, I will ask you in January.

    In that case, I'd do what a large number of Alaskans do and fly down to my winter home in Seattle!


  • Grade A Premium Asshole

    @Groaner Fuck that. Get a winter home in Florida, Arizona, or Southern California. Why go to Seattle for the winter??



  • @Polygeekery said in We should be paid for our data that is mined!:

    @Groaner Fuck that. Get a winter home in Florida, Arizona, or Southern California. Why go to Seattle for the winter??

    I'm not sure. Perhaps the near-constant rain makes them feel like it's home?



  • @Polygeekery said in We should be paid for our data that is mined!:

    Apparently that company never heard of the business concept of "Get paid for your byproducts"?

    I think the proper management response to that would be: "Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...what byproduct?"


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