The lists are built as needed. Data from myriad sources can be queried to look for individuals that match the particular profile being searched for, even trying to predict future behavior based on past behavior.
Companies do it all the time to target their advertising. Government for other reasons, such as police depts to build criminal watch lists (ex. http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/wh … watchdogs/)
The FCC license database is just another data source. An amateur radio license by itself is just a single data point, but add “Costco membership” + “NICS firearm check in the last two years” + “TEOTWAWKI related books in Amazon wishlist” and maybe you’d end up on a likely prepper list if they wanted to build one. Forum membership and what you like/follow on social media being other data sources. That my name might show up on a gov’t list of “preppers, >90% confidence” doesn’t bother me personally, that I’d be targeted by the gov’t based on matching that profile seems pretty unlikely. That said, I chose not to have a ham license because I prefer not to have my home and BOL on someone’s list of “fixed, private radio transmitter sites”. Remember it’s not just our gov’t that builds lists, foreign gov’ts and individuals can ‘mine’ the available data as well. If you wanted to build a list of likely preppers in your area then searching the FCC database for licensees in your zip code might be a good place to start for example. I’m more concerned with nearby neighbors associating me with preppers than the gov’t personally.
To each his own. I’d just suggest caution if you want to make your identity and location known in a public forum; stating you own firearms, gold/silver, and will be away from home on the weekend of June 16th (A.N.T.S. camp) might be interesting to someone.
Statistics: Posted by Matte — Sat May 20, 2017 6:03 am