Told you so

Dear Reader,

Nobody likes the headline, told you so. But on this occasion it is needed.

On diablog I have been advocating privacy for well over a decade. And I warned you on multiple occasions, that the data you hand out, will be used against you.

Here now is a report fromĀ  Slashdot here:

Admiral Charges Hotmail Users More For Car Insurance (

One of Britain’s biggest car insurers has admitted increasing premiums for drivers who apply using a Hotmail account. From a report:

Motorists seeking cover from Admiral could be charged $45 extra if they use certain email addresses. The insurer said some domain names were “associated with more accidents” than others, raising applicants’ risk profile. Figures from the Association of British Insurers to be published today show that the cost of car insurance has increased by more than a quarter over the past three years. Admiral said that hundreds of factors were used by underwriters in setting car insurance, with riskier motorists paying more. Issues included the age of a driver and their postcode.

Can you now please act? How much worse does it have to get?

This is a prime example of the stupidity of “big data”.

Stay sane,

Engine Room

2 thoughts on “Told you so

  1. I don’t care about motor insurance as I take the plane everywhere. At the monent, my favourite is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

    1. Dear Smiles,

      What do you call that in the UK, NIMBY?

      The point is, that all data about you, is and will be used against you.

      And the call center monkey of any insurance company – called help desk – will not be able to fix that.


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