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Boeing's Creepy Petition Wants To Track Your Online Activity

By Keith Cowing
June 30, 2018
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Boeing's Creepy Petition Wants To Track Your Online Activity

Keith’s note: A month ago I mentioned the Facebook advertsing that Boeing has been doing (see “Boeing’s Imaginary Space Program“). Well, they are at it again. I just saw this advertisement show up on Facebook (larger image). It leads with “NASA hasn’t used American-made spacecraft to send astronauts to space since 2011. Sign the petition to show you support AMERICAN-MADE SPACECRAFT.” What’s their point? The only competitor Boeing has right now for NASA business is another 100% American-made spacecraft by SpaceX. And I suppose you can add in Sierra Nevada and Blue Origin too if you want. So no matter who flies on a commercial vehicle they will be flying on an American spacecraft. So why is Boeing trying to get you to support something that happens no matter what?
If you click on the link it sends you to this link (note the tracking code in the URL) – you are now an “enthusiast” for their “sls-space-race-petition”. which asks you to “Add your name to support American-made spacecraft.” By giving your name, email, and zip code. Of course they also put cookies in your browser and know your IP number. Oh yes – take a look at their policy page and look at all the things you will let them do with this information (as if anyone reads this stuff):
“Your use of social media features will result in the collection or sharing of information about you, depending on the feature. The basic details we receive depends on your social network account privacy settings. We encourage you to review the privacy practices and settings of the social media sites you use to make sure you understand the personal information that may be collected, used, and shared by those sites.”

At the bottom in lighter grey text is the note: “Site intended for use by U.S. residents 14 years of age or older. Boeing may use the information you provide to send you future communications about Boeing and issues that may be of interest to you. For further information, please review Boeing’s Privacy Policy.” If you follow the Take action link you end up at a page asking you to “Support Boeing T-X Today”. OK, so why is Boeing sending you to a page that is supposed to be about space that is actually a thin disguise for a Congressional lobbying effort that is really focused on military hardware? And what is Boeing going to do with the information you have given them? Well, they tell you that too:
“When you use Boeing Services, we collect and process information about your pinpointed location, after obtaining consent as required by local law. We use various technologies to determine location, including IP address, GPS, and other sensors that, for example, provide us with information on nearby devices, Wi-Fi access points, and cell towers. Location data is used in accordance with Collection and use of personal information, and disclosed in accordance with Disclosure of your information. … Boeing uses, and permits service providers to use, tracking scripts or “tracers” and web beacons that recognize a unique identifier from a cookie placed on your device by another website. For example, we use a tracer to determine whether you visit our employment pages after visiting a resume or career site where we placed a banner ad. We also use these technologies to compile information about your website usage and your interaction with email or other communications, to measure performance, and to provide content and ads that are more relevant to you. A web beacon is typically a transparent graphic image that can be embedded in online content, videos, and emails, and can allow a server to read certain types of information from your device, know when you have viewed the beacon, and the IP address of your device. For example, we include web beacons in our promotional email messages or newsletters to determine whether our messages have been opened or interacted with and whether our mailing tools are working properly.”
Keep reading. You are, in essence. giving them permission to use your info for whatever they want to do and they will never tell you just what that is. They talk about your credit card information, buying preferences, and all manner of things that they can track if they want. Just a reminder – they can track nearly everything you visit. EVERYTHING. What on Earth is Boeing up to? Why do they need to start tracking you and your cellphone to get your location? And why are they openly allowing people people as young as 14 to consent to being tracked? This is outright creepy.

NASA Watch founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.