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|User Info||Target Finds Girl Pregnant Before Dad; entered at 2012-02-23 15:53:37|
Registered: 2009-03-08 Greenville, SC.
Yep, this is "predictive analytics" they call it, which is the use of statistical methods to make predictions based on consumption patterns.Purchases of certain things correlate with certain other conditions or states. In the article it turned out the pregnant women make larger purchases of unscented lotions and other things, and they can say, as the article mentions, that a customer with such and such a purchase pattern has an 87% probability of being pregnant and due by a certain date.
While the purpose for creating this system is just to sell you more and more crap, and making that selling more efficient, thus maximizing profit, it is easy to see what a tool for totalitarian control it would be in the wrong hands.
Purchases of this basket of products correlate strongly with being a dissident of the regime, etc, etc, etc.