In your post you made reference to "my patterns" and other phrases that seem to indicate you own the data. That could not be further from the truth. In this country, it is not your social security number, it is not your credit card number, it is not your payment history, not your purchase history - that information legally is owned by the companies that use and store it.
This is bull excretement for sure, but it is the law.
What is very frustrating is the law says they cannot use your social security number, in fact at least three major laws prevent this, yet all kinds of companies require it from video rental companies to hospitals and insurance companies. Legally they cannot even ask for it, yet they require it in so many cases we have learned to just give it to them.
We live in a great country, there are lots of great people and even countries across the world - but the people who run our governments and corporations do NOT have our best interests in mind. It is all about power, and don't believe for a second that any meaningful reform is going to occur any time soon. It has to get worse before it will get better, if ever.