Watch­ing over your shoul­der

The Maui News - - OPINION - Ed­i­to­ri­als re­flect the opin­ion of the pub­lisher.

Did you ever get the feel­ing some­one’s watch­ing you? Ever get the feel­ing some­one is fol­low­ing you? Well, some­one is. As Jack Paar once put it, “Even para­noid peo­ple can have en­e­mies.” Now, the folks keep­ing tabs on you are not nec­es­sar­ily en­e­mies — un­less you count peo­ple who are try­ing to lure you into buy­ing some­thing as en­e­mies. It sud­denly dawned on us that when we in­no­cently click on some­thing that is for sale on the in­ter­net, of­ten­times the next web­site we visit has an ad­ver­tise­ment for that item. Most re­cently we no­ticed this hap­pen­stance af­ter we had browsed an e-book on The next web­site we went to (an­other Hawaii news­pa­per, by the way) had an Amazon ad tout­ing the book we’d clicked on. Hmm . . . not ex­actly the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency keep­ing tabs on us, but, still, some­one is track­ing us across the in­ter­net. So, by sim­ply us­ing the in­ter­net, one is giv­ing up a de­gree of pri­vacy. It is in­ter­est­ing that th­ese track­ing com­pa­nies feel they have the right to do this, be­cause the last we checked those com­pa­nies don’t own the in­ter­net. No­body does. This prob­a­bly is not a star­tling rev­e­la­tion to you read­ers. Still, it is nice to keep in mind that some­body is watch­ing over your shoul­der as you browse your fa­vorite web­sites. If one is known by the com­pany he keeps, it’s at least nice to know you have com­pany.

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