As if it’s not enough, Cruz has a nice app for your smartphone.
Nice, of course, is a relative word.
His “Cruz Crew” mobile app is designed to gather detailed information from its users’ phones — tracking their physical movements and mining the names and contact information for friends who might want nothing to do with his campaign.
Go ahead folks, load it. As soon as you do it’s going to take your entire contact list and send it to Cruz. Yes, everyone in your phone, including their numbers and addresses — whatever you got — is now his.
Let me make something very clear — if you have my number in your phone, and it winds up in his campaign as a result of loading his app….. you won’t be interacting with me any more.
That should be everyone’s reaction to this sort of crap.
Oh, by the way, if you didn’t pay attention to the myriad warnings I’ve put forward about data mining in places like grocery stores read this:
The scope of Cruz’s system is formidable. Cambridge’s database combines government and commercial data sets such as voter rolls and lists of people who liked certain Facebook posts, along with consumer data from grocery chains and other clients that can provide a voter’s preferred brand of toothpaste or whether he clips coupons. In Iowa, where identifying evangelical voters was key to Cruz’s victory strategy, Cambridge’s employees scoured the Internet for such useful information as church membership rolls.
You can bet the health insurance companies, auto insurance companies, various other data banks that sell to anyone who asks and more have all of this data and more — and every bit of it was given to them by you through your actions.
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