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This Thermometer Tells Your Temperature, Then Tells Firms Where to Advertise - The New York Times
“Kinsa sells its data to other companies under the name Kinsa Insights. While Mr. Singh declined to share the names of other customers, citing confidentiality agreements, he said other companies had used the data to target advertising.”
“I can just think of how cigarette and alcohol companies could use strategies like this, or other industries that could really have more harmful effects on people,” [Christine Bannan, the consumer protection counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center] said.
iot  ads  advertising  privacy  tracking  profiling  internetofthings  indie  radar  thermometer 
october 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information
“Facebook is not content to use the contact information you willingly put into your Facebook profile for advertising. It is also using contact information you handed over for security purposes and contact information you didn’t hand over at all, but that was collected from other people’s contact books, a hidden layer of details Facebook has about you that I’ve come to call “shadow contact information.”
facebook  shadow  profiling  tracking  ads  advertising  contact  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales - Bloomberg
“the deal, which has not been previously reported, could raise broader privacy concerns about how much consumer data technology companies like Google quietly absorb.”
advertising  data  google  privacy  mastercard  retail  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
How do data companies get our data? | Privacy International
Data companies – a catch all term for data brokers, advertisers, marketers, web trackers, and more – facilitate a hidden data ecosystem that collects, generates and supplies data to wide variety of beneficiaries. The beneficiaries of the ecosystem can include other advertisers, social media sites, credit agencies, insurers, law enforcement, and more. But what is rarely talked about, is from where these data companies obtain the data, how further data is generated and how the data is swapped, sold, and shared within the ecosystem.
privacyinternational  private  data  databroker  ads  advertising  tracking  indie  radar 
may 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook And Google's Surveillance Capitalism Model Is In Trouble | HuffPost
Most people associate Facebook with cute family photos and think of Google like a semi-reliable encyclopedia. But these services have only a tangential relationship to the way either company actually makes money. The twin Silicon Valley titans rely on two closely intertwined technologies, customer surveillance and advertising, to maximize shareholder profits.
facebook  google  advertising  history  ads  popups  indie  radar  surveillancecapitalism 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
No tracking, no revenue: Apple's privacy feature costs ad companies millions | Technology | The Guardian
Ad tracking technology has become so pervasive that it is possible for ad tracking companies to recreate the majority of a person’s web browsing history. This information is collected without permission and is used for ad re-targeting, which is how ads follow people around the internet.
ads  advertising  itp  apple  privacy  cookies  tracking  surveillancecapitalism  safari  chrome  indie  radar 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook Won’t Be Sent To The Gulag Over Russian Ads | Fast Company
“The problem with political ads on Facebook has nothing to do with the law. It has to do with how Facebook works . . . The Russians used Facebook because Facebook works really well. It is the best system anyone has invented to advertise anything to anyone, and it is by far the best system ever invented to distribute political propaganda and hate speech.”
politics  facebook  propaganda  ads  advertising  regulation  US 
october 2017 by laurakalbag
Facebook 'excited' about ads potential as it reaches 4bn daily video views
Summary: Facebook gets a lot of Video views, only a matter of time before Facebook and Google buy TV production companies
advertising  google  notincluded  indieroundup  video  indie  TV  facebook 
april 2015 by laurakalbag — No More Ads?
In 2015, I believe it’s what’s wrong with YouTube and tires in to what’s wrong with United States - or Capitalism in general. I think it’s a constant reminder to people to find a demographic and pander to it, discouraging folks from attempting to provoke thought. Instead, we’re encouraged to make short, sharable videos that don’t pop the entertainment bubble with something real.
advertising  corporatesurveillance  censorship  indie  indieroundup  17apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
The Billionaire’s Typewriter
“In truth, Medium’s main prod­uct is not a pub­lish­ing plat­form, but the pro­mo­tion of a pub­lish­ing plat­form. This pro­mo­tion brings read­ers and writ­ers onto the site. This, in turn, gen­er­ates the us­age data that’s valu­able to ad­ver­tis­ers. Boiled down, Medium is sim­ply mar­ket­ing in the ser­vice of more mar­ket­ing. It is not a “place for ideas.” It is a place for ad­ver­tis­ers. It is, there­fore, ut­terly superfluous.” By Matthew Butterick on Practical Typography
typography  writing  medium  advertising  corporatesurveillance  convenience  indie  indieroundup  27mar2015 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Why Mass Surveillance Can't, Won't, And Never Has Stopped A Terrorist
“[T]here is no scientific rationale for believing that adding irrelevant data about innocent people makes it easier to find a terrorist attack, and lots of evidence that it does not. You might be adding slightly more signal, but you’re also adding much more noise.” Bruce Schneier on Digg, from his book Data and Goliath
schneier  security  government  surveillance  corporatesurveillance  advertising  tracking  indie  indieroundup  27mar2015 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Welcome to the Brave New World of Persuasion Profiling
“If persuasion profiling makes it possible for a coaching device to shout “You can do it” to people who like positive reinforcement, in theory it could also enable politicians to make personalized appeals based on each voter’s particular fears.” By Eli Pariser on Wired
persuasionprofiling  manipulation  corporatesurveillance  tracking  data  bigdata  surveillance  advertising  indie  indieroundup  20mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
The Advert Wars
“Advert companies and advert-funded companies aggregate our private information without our knowing permission. They create insecure data vaults and comms channels, which then governments and criminals easily dip into. They secretly run psychological experiments on our social lives.”
indie  indieroundup  notincluded  advertising  businessmodels  surveillance  tracking  data 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
Al Jazeera Inside Story: Will YouTube profit from new child-safe app?
On Monday, Aral was on a panel with Brendan Gahan and Janice Richardson about Google's new YouTube For Kids app. Aral brings up the core issue of why would we trust Google to create a safe space?
education  safety  privacy  advertising  google  indie  indieroundup  tv  27feb2015  4sep15 
february 2015 by laurakalbag

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