I read an article todayÂ alerting me to a slightly disturbing facet of Facebook’s new marketing campaign:Â your online purchases at external sites are being shared with your friends on Facebook.Â Not only would you possibly be endorsing products (and not getting paid for it), butÂ your privacy would be invaded.Â There is an opt-out option, but from what I understand it is not very clear.
I rarely make online purchases, especially since I am in Israel, but there are many people who use the internet for much of their shopping.Â How many consumers are aware of how much tracking goes on?Â According to this study, many Americans are not very aware of how their habits are tracked and used to market to them.Â “People think privacy notices mean certain default protections. Consumers don’t understand that privacy policies are just notices. They don’t guarantee any rights.”
The other article I read today was called “Taking Science on Faith”, and it mirrored very closelyÂ a chapter in my father’s new book.Â The following paragraph from the articleÂ sums it up nicely, I think.
“Clearly, then, both religion and science are founded on faith â€” namely, on belief in the existence of something outside the universe, like an unexplained God or an unexplained set of physical laws, maybe even a huge ensemble of unseen universes, too. For that reason, both monotheistic religion and orthodox science fail to provide a complete account of physical existence.”
Science and religion do not need to be in conflict!Â They have a lot more in common than parties in both camps like to admit.Â 😉