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Big Obama is Watching You

by Keith Koffler on November 19, 2012, 4:16 pm

Did you view President Obama’s website? Well, now President Obama’s website is viewing you.

That’s right, the Obama 2012 campaign site deposited “cookies” on your computer that track your movements across the web.

Now, this is fairly standard stuff. The Romney website surely did the same thing, although not nearly as well.

But according to a piece in today’s Wall Street Journal by L.Gordon Crovitz, the Obama team was “even more assiduous than online retailers like Best Buy” at dropping cookies onto your computer. It did this, of course, to find out what messages would work best with you to obtain your vote and your money.

From the piece:

Big data give incumbents a big advantage, which seems to have surprised the Romney team. The Obama campaign has used cookies to track its supporters online since the 2008 election. It spent the past 18 months creating a new, unified database, factoring in some 80 pieces of information about each person, from age, race and sex to voting history. (The campaign denied reports that it tracked visits to pornography sites in its outreach algorithms.)

The Romney campaign says it tried to match the Obama campaign’s collection and analysis of data but had to start from scratch and had just seven months after the primaries.

But what really creeps one out about all this is that these people are working for the President of the United States and routinely push a revolving door between the campaign and the White House, where some worked before and where some will surely be getting jobs.

Of course, the campaign and the White House are not permitted to share information.

Of course.

This is yet another terrain on which the Obamaites out-sophisticated the politically pre-Cro-Magnon Romneyites. If Republicans want to play on the same turf as the Dems, they’d better get their cookies together fast.

{ 20 comments }

Jimmy Carter November 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

bastards.

hailey November 20, 2012 at 11:35 am

wow, the president is a genius.

srdem65 November 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Well, apparently their cookie crumbs didn’t discover that I was anti-Obama, pro-anybody else. They missed the comments on how apalled, disgusted, horrified, and a whole bunch more I felt about both the Mr and the MrsObama.
The campaign assumed that because I was a Dem that I would vote for someone who’s values and morals didn’t meet my minimal standards; work
hard, pay your own bills and don’t kill anyone.

The phone company knows who I call and who calls me, my supermarket knows what kind of cereal I like, Walmart cameras follow me up and down the aisles, my bank knows where I spend my money and how much I spend at the casino. The TSA in LasVegas has an image of me without clothes, lucky people. Google has a photo of me trimming the bushes in my back yard.
We are not a private people anymore.

Susan November 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

So true, srdem. Still block any .gov cookies from getting stored on my computer just because I can. It’s my personal protest against big government snoops.

cindylu November 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

good idea susan!

srdem65 November 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I understand your feelings. However, I don’t care that these entities know all about me, because I was born and raised in a town of 2,000 people who probably all knew when I was finally potty trained, so you get used to everyone knowing your business.

Lisa November 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Hey Keith..this is off topic, sorry, but want to ask what you think of the pics Drudge has up of Zero flirting with those ladies over seas. Isn’t Michelle keeping him happy now or what??

cindylu November 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm

sometimes I click on whitehouse . gov by mistake-those cookies are gone asap baby

google obama campaign cookies,get the info and delete them.

Sadie November 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Three words: Utah Date Center.

Sadie November 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Edit: Utah Data Center or welcome to The Outer Limits…

There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity.

Susan November 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Won’t be long before we’re all nothing more than tools of the state. If I live long enough to see it, I want to go out like Wordsworth Romney in the Twilight Zone episode “The Obsolete Man”. Surrounded by my books and reading the 23rd Psalm to my cowardly tormentor.

http://vimeo.com/15365268

Girly1 November 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm

If the dreaded cookie monster could read my mind, I would be arrested on the spot.

Rod November 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm

well, clearly the GOP didn’t give a crap about what I thought – why would Obama?

barkley pontree November 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Keith, one thing I love about your site is it does not require cookies to use or login. My regular browser is blocking everything, private browsing, so no cookies or anything can be deposited. Even so, I daily clear caches and reset the browser. My other browser I use to post my blog and do things that require cookies, but after each use, I clear the caches, reset the browser, then go into preferences to clean it out. Sometimes, even after all that, I have to clean preferences 3 or 4 times before it’s finally empty. Then, once a week, I run Onxy to clean things. And the funny thing is, I don’t really do anything or go anywhere I’d be embarrassed if it were posted! I block all ads, porn, etc.

I also think this whitehouse.gov site for petitions is some sort of setup, which is why I don’t understand people signing up there and signing the petitions. It will certainly make a great audit list for the IRS and who knows how else the government will use a site that asks people if they want to commit treason?

barkleypontree.blogspot.com

Not Nabob November 20, 2012 at 12:23 am

Big Obama? Try Pipsqueak Obama!

beeta November 20, 2012 at 12:50 am

http://www.wnd.com/2012/11/how-obama-can-be-stopped-in-electoral-college/

maybe one more chance to win.with Romney…check this out and pass it on.

Lizzy November 20, 2012 at 7:57 am

Likes to watch people suffer does he?

Susan November 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

Sometimes he enjoys watching Americans suffer in real time – 9/11/12 Benghazi.

Kimbly November 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Look at this excerpt from a wired.com article from 2009:

“The report is being submitted Monday as a comment in the government’s proceeding about the use of cookies on federal websites. Federal websites have traditionally been banned from using tracking cookies, despite being common around the web — a situation the Obama administration is proposing to change as part of an attempt to modernize government websites.”

See…he just wanted to MODERNIZE the whitehouse.gov website, not steal all your data for his campaign. I’m sure he didn’t use any of the federal websites for his re-election database (sarc)

Glen November 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Big Brother. 1984. Soylant Green. Spying. Invasion of privacy. Taking over of major programs.