Blow the Top Off It

benjaminsYou’re probably familiar with the upcoming relaxation of companies’ ability to sell users’ browsing and internet history. [guardian]

From the Department of Sauce For The Goose, we have a gofund me that’s already way over-subscribed. $107,000 collected against $10,000 for the project.

The idea is: [gofundme]

Thanks to the Senate for passing S.J.Res 34 , now your Internet history can be bought.

I plan on purchasing the Internet histories of all legislators, congressmen, executives, and their families and make them easily searchable at

Everything from their medical, pornographic, to their financial and infidelity.

Anything they have looked at, searched for, or visited on the Internet will now be available for everyone to comb through.

Help me raise money to buy the histories of those who took away your right to privacy for just thousands of dollars from telephone and ISPs.  Your private data will be bought and sold to marketing companies, law enforcement.

Let’s turn the tables. Let’s buy THEIR history and make it available.

They’ve got my $20. Just because that way I get updates on whatever happens with this project. My guess is that the powerful will have privacy protections that the hoi polloi don’t. Because that’s how it’s always been.

Please add all former directors and named senior staff of FBI, NSA and CIA to the list.


A tip ‘o the hat to Caine, who found this one.


  1. komarov says

    That sounds like an interesting and actually worthwhile idea, but…

    “[…] and their families […]”?

    I’m not sure how I feel about that bit there which sounds a bit sinister. Sure, in more ‘political’ families* it’s just not the person in office could stand some scrutiny. But the description of the fundraiser doesn’t mention anything else about who might or might not be included, so that might involve some innocent bystanders who really shouldn’t be part of this (e.g. kids, uninvolved spouses).

    Oh, and I’m wondering if you could also get the histories of buildings. E.g. the White House, supreme court, congress or even the FBI headquarters. That should be anonymous and still give you a good idea of what your government is thinking about.

    Anyroad, some predictions about possible outcomes:
    – The funding campaign will come to the attention of people with levers and disappear for [reason] (e.g. TOS violation)
    – The organiser will be sentenced to 1084 years in solitary for leaking, compromising national security and espionage
    – ISPs are smart and will sell the service of not selling your history for modest monthly fees, which most of the intended targets would probably jump on.

    *Or the Trumps who I hesitate to categorise as ‘political’.

  2. says

    that might involve some innocent bystanders who really shouldn’t be part of this (e.g. kids, uninvolved spouses).

    Nobody is uninvolved. That’s the problem.

    I guess one way of defending the move would be to observe that we’re all already victimized; we’re simply removing the cloak of privilege that covers some of our fellow victims, disproportionately.

    With regard your predictions, my money is on #1.
    The ISPs have already been selling this data, using tracking cookies, since the late 00’s.