Privacy concerns go beyond legitimate company ads. There are individuals and foreign crime groups that target individuals in this country. 1. Each time the computer turns on, Microsoft, Apple, or the local cable company may be able to know what time you get up each day or what time you are home and may be predicable. Can this info be sold 2. Political activists, TV & government persons may be targeted for various reasons, as well as former spouses & neighbors. 3. Aggregated information may be kept in other countries and (like a Swiss Bank) not be revealed until a coordinated push or attack. 4. It's not just about a few isolated persons: it could be about hijacking weak computers for part of an attack.
A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers" #00135
A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"