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'The goal is to automate us': welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism
Lots of good stuff in there. It’d be great in the style of an airport book too. That is, the academic can’t toned-down, loosing the precision and thought-technology callbacks, but gaining clearing for those who could give a fuck about such meta-data.

> ...the idea of “data ownership” is often championed as a solution. But what is the point of owning data that should not exist in the first place? All that does is further institutionalise and legitimate data capture. It’s like negotiating how many hours a day a seven-year-old should be allowed to work, rather than contesting the fundamental legitimacy of child labour. Data ownership also fails to reckon with the realities of behavioural surplus. Surveillance capitalists extract predictive value from the exclamation points in your post, not merely the content of what you write, or from how you walk and not merely where you walk. Users might get “ownership” of the data that they give to surveillance capitalists in the first place, but they will not get ownership of the surplus or the predictions gleaned from it – not without new legal concepts built on an understanding of these operations.
techethics  privacy  books 
january 2019 by cote
GDPR Seen Slowing AI Innovation
Given all the Facebook stuff, I think less balancing towards the side of the robots would probably probably be good:

‘A recent study advocating a U.S. strategy for developing machine intelligence also noted the potential barriers to development that include GDPR and other data privacy efforts. The study released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies warned that the shift to “data localization” will require “balancing legitimate concerns around privacy and consumer protection both in the United States and abroad with the need for an open, flexible data ecosystem that supports innovation and experimentation in AI.”’
GDPR  ai  privacy  ml  techethics  eu  regulations 
april 2018 by cote
Why Zuckerberg’s 14-Year Apology Tour Hasn’t Fixed Facebook
“There is no other way to interpret Facebook’s privacy invading moves over the years—even if it’s time to simplify! finally!―as anything other than decisions driven by a combination of self-serving impulses: namely, profit motives, the structural incentives inherent to the company’s business model, and the one-sided ideology of its founders and some executives. All these are forces over which the users themselves have little input, aside from the regular opportunity to grouse through repeated scandals.”
techeithics  privacy  facebook  history 
april 2018 by cote
How dating sites spy on you
"Dating app users provide sensitive information like drug usage habits and sexual preferences in hopes of finding a romantic match.... everything you put on your profile, including drug use and health status. Web trackers can examine your behavior on a page and how you answer key personal questions."
techethics  privacy  advertising 
february 2018 by cote
GDPR requests to take thousands of hours a month, says survey
“Large enterprises expect to get an average 246 GDPR enquiries per month, for which they will need to search 43 databases (seven minutes per search). They will spend more than 1,259 hours on this, which equates to nearly 60 hours of searches per working day or 7.5 employees dedicated solely to GDPR enquiries.”

It’s a database management company doing the survey, but still a good wet finger in the wind
privacy  compliance  surveys  eu  GDPR  numbers 
january 2018 by cote
Apple bringing medical records to iPhone, Apple Watch
"It all works when a user opens the iPhone's health app, navigates to the health record section, and, on the new tool, adds a health provider. From there, the user taps to connect to Apple's software system and data start streaming into the service. Patients will get notified via an alert if new information becomes available."

Sounds cool. We'll see. Apple often takes 2-3 years to actually have software that works well and is useful. And then, as with Photos, they fuck it up 2-3 years late.
health  apple  iOS  privacy 
january 2018 by cote
GDPR compliance – here are the 14 things you actually need to do
Exciting new audit needs ahead, hoss: “Organisations should review their IT systems and procedures to check they comply with GDPR requirements for privacy by design, ensuring only the minimum amount of personal data necessary is processed. Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) should be completed when using new technologies and the data processing is likely to result in a high risk to individuals.”
audit  eu  GDPR  grc  privacy 
january 2018 by cote
Architecting for GDPR
Data protection leads back to security, and then there you are back in that mess.
security  privacy  logmanagement  compliance 
january 2018 by cote
NHS Health Apps Library full of data-spaffing apps, claims studies
As software eats the world, this kind of mismatch between "fail fast" and "must be perfect on day one" will happen constantly.
apps  healthcare  privacy  NHS  UK  cases 
september 2015 by cote
CotéIndustries.com • You are being watched over by twentysomething...
You are being watched over by twentysomething computer handlers who can be bought with foosball, free sodas and easily approved car loans.
bigdata  privacy  startups  palinter  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
december 2013 by cote
Amazon CIA cloud row: US judge slaps down IBM as 'manipulative', inferior • The Register
The contentious section asked the parties to price up a fault-tolerant cluster of 1,000s of commodity servers running a MapReduce scatter-gather job on about 100TB of data with a 100 per cent duty cycle. In other words, the CIA wanted Amazon and IBM to cost out a cloud cluster that would run MapReduce continuously for a year so spies could prod large chunks of data.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  privacy  numbers  cloud  security  IBM  AWS  Amazon  cases  bigdata  CIA  spying  link  tumblr:link 
november 2013 by cote
CotéIndustries.com • (via How “cell tower dumps” caught the High...
(via How “cell tower dumps” caught the High Country Bandits—and why it matters)
privacy  tacking  crime  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
september 2013 by cote
CotéIndustries.com • new-aesthetic: "Facebook is considering...
new-aesthetic: "Facebook is considering incorporating most of its 1 billion-plus members’ profile photos into its growing facial recognition database, expanding the scope of the social network’s controversial technology." Facebook may add your profile photo to facial recognition database - NBC News.com
privacy  facebook  facialrecognition  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
september 2013 by cote
Doc Searls Weblog · Thoughts on privacy
Doc Searls tries to muster up as much optimism as possible re: the current "privacy is dead" cycle. It has that comforting, soft-washed feel of late 90s cyberpunk-utopia that I miss.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  privacy  cypherpunk  link  tumblr:link 
september 2013 by cote
India Wants To Ban US-Based Email Systems For Government Communications Over NSA Concerns | Techdirt
In a statement to reporters here J. Satyanarayana, secretary in the department of electronics and information technology, said that data of Indian citizens using US based email services like Gmail is residing on servers which are located outside India and for now the government is concerned about the large amount of official and critical data that may be resident on those servers.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  cloud  prism  nsa  email  privacy  link  tumblr:link 
august 2013 by cote
Big Mother is watching you - FT.com
There is only one problem. If it is becoming ever easier to track a family member’s movements online and offline, what’s to stop the kids monitoring their parents?
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  gps  privacy  mobile  thekids  link  tumblr:link 
august 2013 by cote
Facebook's New Privacy Changes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The EFF's take on Facebook's new privacy policies. "Our conclusion? These new "privacy" changes are clearly intended to push Facebook users to publicly share even more information than before. Even worse, the changes will actually reduce the amount of control that users have over some of their personal data." That said, the EFF does like the fine-grained nature: "Perhaps most importantly, Facebook has added a feature that we and many others have long advocated for: the ability to define the privacy of your Facebook content on a per-post basis. So, for example, if you only want your close friends to see a particular photo, or only your business colleagues to see a particular status update, you can do that — using a simple drop-down menu that lets you define who will see that piece of content." This is getting damn close to enterprise identity management, eh?
eff  facebook  privacy  socialnetworking  IdM  security  consumertech 
december 2009 by cote
Finland fingerprints all Finns and foreigns
On the tail of the Google Privacy exec getting arrested, we have this. Brilliant juxtaposition.
finland  biometric  fingerprints  privacy  researchagenda 
february 2009 by cote
Google privacy exec faces criminal charges in Italy
Imagine what would happen if all those backup tapes left in the back-seat with thousands of personal records had similar consequences.
google  privacy  scandal  italy  researchagenda 
february 2009 by cote
Organisations still don't know much about data protection • The Register
While it may be self-serving, what if you halfed the numbers in the survey? Even then it'd be terrible.
pwc  numbers  privacy  security  enterprise 
january 2009 by cote
Flickr: Import EXIF GPS information from your camera
Click this setting to have flickr use geo-location info in your photos. Like from the iPhone I hope.
geolocation  flickr  iphone  photos  privacy 
november 2008 by cote
Show Us a Better Way: What public data is already available?
List of public (UK only?) data available. That is, here's a bunch of dark data to do the next fun, useful mashup with.
data  open  mashups  uk  darkdata  privacy 
july 2008 by cote
Adobe joins list of companies not reading own EULAs
Adobe has to pull "we own all your photos" clause, bummer they let it slip. What are the new EULAs for SaaS?
adobe  eula  sharecropping  usergenerated  photoshop  saas  privacy  policy 
march 2008 by cote
apophenia: a google horror story: what happens when you are disappeared
"When companies host all of your data and have the ability to delete you and it at-will, all sorts of nightmarish science fiction futures are possible." Headline: Future Now Evenly Distributed, Present Shocked.
via:techmeme  google  privacy  data  cyberpunk 
february 2008 by cote
Has Nick Carr flipped? Or have we?
Nicely written review focusing on the second half of The Big Switch, the gloom and doom part.
nickcarr  thebigswitch  cloud  privacy  threats  reviews 
january 2008 by cote
Bombshell: Google and Facebook Join DataPortability.org - ReadWriteWeb
The biggest test will be how long it takes them to simply open things up, never mind the standards. Let the developer/users of the data worry about interchange. We just want out data.
dataportablity  roachmotels  standards  google  facebook  privacy  via:slashdot 
january 2008 by cote
Twitter / Mark Cathcart: Wow, Livejournal sold to th...
"Wow, Livejournal sold to the Russians http://snurl.com/1ukj6 hmm... interesting implications for privacy of private posts"
russia  privacy  livejournal  blogging  blogs  via:twitter  via:cathcam 
december 2007 by cote
TJX consumer settlement sale offer draws scorn
Wow, the TJX people need to hire some outside help if they think having a sale one day is a good PR response to a credit card data breach. Simply securing the networks and paying for loses would do.
tjmax  retail  security  privacy  wtf 
november 2007 by cote
SurveillanceSaver alpha 0
"SurveillanceSaver is an OS X screensaver that shows live images of over 600 network surveillance cameras worldwide. a haunting live soap opera." Whao.
osx  via:mray  screensavers  privacy 
november 2007 by cote
Unit Structures: Freshman Political Orientation, 2007 edition
Interesting data on it's own. Even more interesting example of using Facebook for declarative living research.
politics  facebook  privacy  thekids  us  declarativeliving 
september 2007 by cote
Google's back-up plan: The enterprise
'Asked at a press conference Tuesday if Google is thinking about an alternative business plan for 5 to 10 years out, Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt didn't miss a beat: "We are, and that's why we have Google Enterprise," he said.'
google  enterprisesoftware  privacy  infoworld  search  googleapps  saas 
june 2007 by cote
The Google Problem
Wilcox gets the Google shivers.
google  gears  privacy  microsoft 
june 2007 by cote
More on Acxiom from frontline: the persuaders: transcript | PBS
"carefully guarded data about you, not just your name, address and phone number, but probably also the catalogs you get, the cars you've bought, and maybe even what shoes you wear and whether you like dogs or cats."
acxiom  privacy  crm  pbs  transcripts  tv 
may 2007 by cote
Investment firms to buy Acxiom for $3 billion
As a guy sitting next to me an airplane said: "these are the people who know *everything* about you."
m&a  privacy  crm  silverlake  acxiom 
may 2007 by cote
Kids, the Internet, and the End of Privacy: The Greatest Generation Gap Since Rock and Roll
"[I]t may be time to consider the possibility that young people who behave as if privacy doesn’t exist are actually the sane people, not the insane ones." As Steve said, a great piece.
nytimes  via:sogrady  privacy  thekids  facebook  profiles  identity  opendata 
february 2007 by cote
SELECT DISTINCT(email_address) FROM inbox ORDER by last_name;
Among other things, there's a problem of unified identity (or duct taped identity) to sort out.
opendata  privacy  via:sogrady  sql  email  identity 
february 2007 by cote
Casual Conversation, R.I.P. - Or, Too Many Secrets, Pt. 2
"The moral is clear: If you type it and send it, prepare to explain it in public later."
privacy  im  email  google 
october 2006 by cote
CBC chairman facing ridicule in Quebec
Cross-file this one under "Privacy is dead," "your whole life is now on record," and my growing file called "Jesus, what is wrong with people?"
idiots  via:mray  privacy  scandal 
september 2006 by cote
Oz ID card database racked by identity fraud claims
Another exciting "privacy is dead" data-point: employees playing around with your data.
privacy  idm  identity  scandal 
august 2006 by cote
AOL releases search data on 500,000 users
While they were smart enough to pull the data (it's still mirrored by folks, no doubt)...how dumb can you be?
privacy  aol  search  idiots 
august 2006 by cote
Ad Supported Software | MetaFilter
On Spiceworks's ad supported model, pirate privacy concerns.
spiceworks  textads  sysmgmt  privacy 
july 2006 by cote
FBI plans new Net-tapping push
Helping out future Nixons and Bushes.
wiretaping  fbi  usa  politics  privacy 
july 2006 by cote
Executive branch to EFF: We're above the law
Action items: (a.) renew EFF membership, (b.) dump AT&T phone service.
at&t  eff  politics  privacy  usa 
june 2006 by cote
Justice Department to Internet firms: Keep your records
"You might think, from the number of times that 'child pornography' is mentioned by the Justice Department, that the US is a nation of pedophiles."
records  compliance  isp  usa  privacy 
june 2006 by cote
TRACE! by Workshare: Document Security Software
Freeware from RedMonk client Workshare to find "privacy and compliance violations" in your MS-Office docs.
compliance  security  privacy  workshare  redmonk  redmonkclients  freeware  office 
may 2006 by cote
Privacy experts condemn subpoena of Google
"Attorney General Alberto Gonzales rejected concerns that the subpoena might violate individual privacy rights." Now-a-days, you don't nee to get Libby and the Cubans to get medicals records, just see what the Dems are searching for on Google.
google  usa  govt  privacy 
january 2006 by cote
Surveillance Works Both Ways
"What I argue is that if I'm going to be held accountable for my actions that I should be allowed to record ... my actions," Mann said. "Especially if somebody else is keeping a record of my actions."
nerds  privacy 
april 2005 by cote
Amazon Knows Who You Are
Another privacy issue where I'm like, "who the fuck cares? Bring on the soma!"
privacy  amazon 
march 2005 by cote
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