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“If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.”

Automatically inserted editorial note: this post was written 7 years ago, it may no longer represent my own views. Or just be a crazy post from my youth!

Please consider this really carefully:

“If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.”

(via blue_beetle on MetaFilter, I believe)

Published in Thoughts and Rants

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