"Mankind barely noticed when the concept of massively organized information quietly emerged to become a means of social control, a weapon of war, and a roadmap for group destruction.... Hitler and his hatred of the Jews was the ironic driving force behind this intellectual turning point. But his quest was greatly enhanced and energized by the ingenuity and craving for profit of a single American company and its legendary, autocratic chairman. That company was International Business Machines, and its chairman was Thomas J. Watson. [source WIKIPEDIA]
Remember, dear Consumerist Slave Unit, it's not the gathering of data that's sinister, but the INTENT behind the acquisition of such a large amount of PERSONAL DATA by the corporations, FOR PROFIT.