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What's Slack Doing With Your Data?
“Slack could have built this system in a way that no one within the company had access into user data,” said Cardozo, referencing zero-knowledge encryption, an end-to-end encryption method. “What it comes down to is, ‘trust us,’” Cardozo said. “That’s the same thing that Uber said and then they were caught with their pants down with God mode,” a widely available internal tool that allowed Uber staffers to spy on both drivers and passengers.
slack  data  zerotrust  trust  eff  privacy  corporatesurveillance  governmentsurveillance  indie  radar 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
4 Reasons the Left Should Care About Data and Surveillance | Novara Media
4. The way in which our data is sold and used is inherently capitalist – and surveillance is becoming more invasive as a result
capitalism  data  surveillance  government  corporatesurveillance  governmentsurveillance  indie  radar  facebook 
august 2017 by laurakalbag
What Happens When You Tell the Internet You're Pregnant
I can’t know the ultimate fate of the data I shared with them. Such is the murky nature of privacy in a world where a seemingly endless network of companies you’ve never heard of are collecting information about you and trying to monetize it.
privacy  security  apps  pregnancy  indie  radar  data  surveillancecapitalism  corporatesurveillance 
august 2017 by laurakalbag
Facebook is still violating user privacy, Dutch and French regulators say - The Verge
Social network fined $166,400 in France for failing to inform users of how their data is used
facebook  fine  regulation  france  netherlands  privacy  inform  data  corporatesurveillance  indie  radar 
may 2017 by laurakalbag
Project Fi will help Google amass even more data about you | Computerworld
Summary: (Under cheeky corps) Google is now moving into the WiFi and mobile/cellular network space with Project Fi. At risk of sounding like I’m repeating myself, it’s the same deal as we see in many of these Google moves. Brian Haven, a data analyst with International Data Corporation (IDC) data repeats it instead:

“I’m not sure they're trying to become a big-time wireless player, but by becoming a wireless service, it allows Google to gain a lot more data from new end points with users. Data is what drives them. Regardless of whether or not they can generate a nice revenue stream, the data will still feed into the other things they do.”
indie  indieroundup  googlefi  fi  google  wifi  network  mobilenetwork  1may15  corporatesurveillance  data 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Facebook isn’t a charity. The poor will pay by surrendering their data | Technology | The Guardian
Summary: Evgeny Morozov looks at Hal Varian’s rule for predicting the future: “we just have to look at what rich people already have and assume that the middle classes will have it in five years and poor people will have it in 10.” Evgeny explains how the rule is flawed, and how rich and poor alike pay for many of these services: with their data. He also points out that poorer people are also shortchanged in these exchanges because they are drawn into these services with a choice of paying with their data, or be excluded. There’s no affordable alternative. We’ve looked at it a lot in recent weeks, and Evgeny also draws this conclusion of the poor paying by surrendering their data with Facebook’s
google  varian  morozov  privacy  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  data  1may15 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Let’s challenge Google while we still can | James Ball | Comment is free | The Guardian
Summary: James Ball warns us that we must challenge Google while we still can, as the US and EU are probably the only states big enough to effectively question Google’s monopoly in so many areas. James points out that “Google is just the start, as the business models of the internet lend themselves to monopoly.” And worryingly, “We are entering an era of near-stateless global giants, several of which will gain the power to act as a monopoly.”
ball  google  antitrust  monopoly  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  24apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
They monitor hearts, count calories … but are health apps any good for you? | Technology | The Guardian
Summary: this article briefly covers the dangers of tech companies having access to all your health data. People’s privacy and human rights are being chipped away where companies are starting to require their employees to wear health monitoring devices. It’s one thing to say we opt in to the quantified self, but what if opting out costs us our job?
indie  indieroundup  24apr15  iot  internetofthing  quantified  tracking  corporatesurveillance  data  bp  fitbit 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Why Google Is the New Evil Empire
Summary: US-centric (but good) analysis of Google's evil intentions, how far their tentacles reach, and how their lobbying probably helped the U.S. antitrust suit(s?) go away.
google  indie  schmidt  corporatesurveillance  indieroundup  24apr15  data  tracking 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Say "Hello" To The Facebook Phone (Again)
“Facebook switched to a much more subtle approach: infiltrating your phone by releasing one standalone app at a time, and even providing development and advertising tools for other app developer.”

Summary: Facebook is collecting phone-related data (contacts, call data, blocking data) through new Hello app.
facebook  24apr15  indieroundup  indie  hello  corporatesurveillance  phone  data 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Apple, IBM Partner for Healthcare Analytics - InformationWeek
IBM this week announced a partnership with Apple to further advancements in health analytics. This initiative, which complements IBM's new Watson Health unit, aims to leverage big data analytics systems and secure open data storage to bring greater insight to medical researchers.

As part of the collaboration, IBM's Health Cloud and Watson cognitive computing will harness health data that Apple customers submit to iOS apps through its ResearchKit and HealthKit platforms. The goal is to use that information to further medical research and improve customer health.
apple  ibm  healthkit  researchkit  indie  indieroundup  17apr15  tracking  medical  corporatesurveillance 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Breaking up with Facebook: Untethering from the Ideological Freight of Online Surveillance - Hybrid Pedagogy
If we, as teachers, ask our students to go online to sites that have tracking technologies, then as educators we bear responsibility in teaching students critically literate practices of analysis, evaluation, explanation, interpretation, and observation in connection with digital surveillance. Why? Quite simply, we are simultaneously shaping and being shaped by the digital technologies and personalized results we see on our screens. Cookies and beacons monitor our clicks and keystrokes for web personalization and tailored recommendations, but we also only see a fraction of content on the web because of the filter bubble. With personalized advertisements and recommendations, we might turn to ask, what are we not seeing? How are we being categorized? Might this be a form of discriminatory practice?
facebook  privacy  corporatesurveillance  tracking  education  students  rsa  indie  indieroundup  17apr15  beck 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Twitter Ends its Partnership with DataSift – Firehose Access Expires on August 13, 2015 | Datasift Blog
Our first and foremost concern upon receiving the news from Twitter about suspending our months-long negotiations and no further interest in being involved in PYLON, our new privacy-first technology, was to inform our customers and explain the situation. However, based on your feedback and what we’ve been reading in the press, I believe that more explanation is needed.

Thank you for all the words of support, but in case it hasn’t come across clearly enough – we’re fine. Our business model has never relied on access to Twitter data. We’ve built a robust big data processing platform, which is data source-agnostic, capable of dealing with billions of interactions a day from 20 other social and news networks we’re working with. And if you’ve heard any rumors about us extending our reach into business-owned data, well, they’re true.

This is also the very reason, we are now working with Facebook, the undisputed largest source of social data on earth, on providing the ecosystem with Facebook topic data. You will hear about topic data more in coming months. This data has never been available before and use cases for its application are practically limitless. It’s also a stepping stone for us in providing unprecedented access to social data, only possible now, because it’s delivered in a privacy-first model with aggregated and anonymized results.
twitter  datasift  bigdata  firehose  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  facebook  privacy  data  corporatesurveillance 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
‘In 2025, we will have a post-Facebook and post-Google world’ – PEW Internet Research | Ben Jij Futureproof?
Marcel Bullinga, a technology futures speaker, trend watcher, and futurist, wrote, “A trusted infrastructure needs to be created in order to prevent massive fraud and massive public distrust in online transactions, and in online life, in general. We have to reinvent the entire Internet as we know it, shifting power from a few American tech companies to the individual who creates, and therefore owns, the data. We need to create a personal dashboard, a safe haven, for every individual’s dossiers, transactions, money, and profiles. In this dashboard, you could set your privacy and communications settings (from 0 to 100%).
bullinga  futurist  privacy  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  oldnews 
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
Twitter Cuts Off DataSift To Step Up Its Own Big Data Business | TechCrunch
In the push for more revenue growth, Twitter has been building up its business in areas like advertising and commerce, but a move made late Friday night points to another area where the company is setting its sights: big data analytics.
twitter  datasift  corporatesurveillance  tracking  bigdata  indie  indieroundup  17apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Study: Facebook Tracks Users in ‘Violation’ of EU Law
“A study commissioned by the Belgian Privacy Commission (BPC) has found that Facebook is tracking all users of its social networking site, even if they’ve opted out of tracking.’
facebook  cookies  tracking  corporatesurveillance  eu  law  indie  indieroundup  4april15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
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