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Just Don’t Call It Privacy - The New York Times
“What is at stake here isn’t privacy, the right not to be observed. It’s how companies can use our data to invisibly shunt us in directions that may benefit them more than us.”
facebook  google  amazon  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  tracking  profiling  us  usgov  indie  radar 
october 2018 by laurakalbag
Amazon, Microsoft, and Uber are paying big money to kill a California privacy initiative - The Verge
The campaign to pass the California Consumer Privacy Act is almost wholly funded by Bay Area real estate developer Alastair Mactaggart. To date, Mactaggart has spent more than $3 million on the campaign. He argues that, in the personal data industry, “there’s so much money, and there are very powerful corporations that really have an immense interest in keeping business as usual going and having no regulations.” He started working on the initiative about four years ago, after hearing a Google engineer say the public would be frightened to learn how much data the company holds on consumers.
californiaprivacyinitiative  privacy  california  gdpr  mactaggart  amazon  microsoft  uber  indie  radar 
june 2018 by laurakalbag
Here's what the biggest tech companies are spending to influence lawmakers in D.C.
Summary: The amounts big corps are lobbying in the U.S., and its relevance to Google antitrust
US  google  indie  antitrust  apple  lobbying  24apr15  netflix  indieroundup  facebook  amazon 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
An Important Notice from Amazon
“Dear Amazon Preferred Customer,

As you know, twelve years ago you registered for 1-Click, entrusting to us your name, address, and credit-card information. In return, you experienced the convenience of purchasing almost any item that we sell with a single mouse-click. The savings that you have enjoyed, in terms of clicks, have been substantial.” Satire by Ellis Weiner
indieroundup  indie  amazon  algorithms  tracking  corporatesurveillance  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
War on the data beasts: don’t let Google, Facebook et al control your digital lives
“DatenKraken, a term courtesy of Germany, is used to describe large ‘Surveillance Valley’ corporations that terrorise the ocean of information on the internet. Large corporations such as Google, Facebook and Amazon have wrapped their tentacles around the world, extracting private data from where they land and appropriating all its value for their own coffers.” By Ben Rossi and our friend Rafael Laguna on Information Age
google  facebook  amazon  surveillancevalley  datenkraken  corporatesurveillance  data  privacy  indie  indieroundup  27feb2015 
february 2015 by laurakalbag

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