Excellent episode about data mining is going on, that people aren't even aware of and how profitable it is.
Harold points out that "Data brokers get their information from public records, but also from teh ways people reveal themselves online, whether they're aware of it or not" and indeed I'm shocked that many people don't understand how companies like Amason/Ebay/Facebook/Yahoo only know what they've shopped for, searched for or posted, but are selilng that information.
The show also points out how profitiable it is for companies (like this fake records company or social media sites) and how most sites will NOT take steps protect the average consumer because there is no cost to them and no accountability.
As the greedy data-miner explains to Harold:
"I'm part of a 300 billion dollar industry. Information abuses are unfortunate, but they happen. Can't be
Finch counters, "Oh, they can. But only if the people who have access to the information are as interested in protecting it as they are in profitting from