Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login

> Is it time to consider whether companies who's primary business is the collection, summation, synthesis, and re purposing of information should be defacto illegal?

You mean IBM/SAP/Oracle?

I don't think it is unreasonable within what I said to differentiate the industry that supports data collection and archiving as a broad process (e.g., those you describe) with those that seek and intent specifically to collect and operationalize data about people without fully informed consent.

Palantir does not do data collection in that sense. They're much closer to IBM than you realize.

Especially if you consider IBM's systems for tracking the Holocaust and Apartheid. Special purpose people-tracking systems.

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact