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Facebook Isn’t Sorry — It Just Wants Your Data
“To observers, these might seem like easily avoidable errors, but to Facebook, whose very identity and foundational mandate is the instinctual drive to amass personal data, they make perfect sense.”
facebook  data  privacy  tracking  profiling  apologies  indie  radar 
october 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
Google data collection research - Digital Content Next
Google has the ability to associate anonymous data collected through passive means with the personal information of the user. Google makes this association largely through advertising technologies, many of which Google controls.
google  data  surveillance  surveillancecapitalism  privacy  indie  radar 
august 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
The many deceptions of Mark Zuckerberg | Creative Good
With 2 billion users and counting, Facebook is unavoidable, and it's growing more influential by the day. It's vital that we understand what Zuck is actually up to, especially since he didn't reveal it in his testimony. A number of media sources have helpfully corrected his inaccurate claims.
zuckerberg  facebook  privacy  data  consent  permission  indie  radar 
april 2018 by laurakalbag
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
Let’s take back control of our data – it’s too precious to leave to the tech giants | Ravi Naik | Opinion | The Guardian
Almost everything we do – keeping in touch, online shopping, watching television – leaves a data trail. The resulting data-sets feed the opaque algorithms that shape the cyber world we see and interact with. Yet that data concerns our personal information – the most basic tenets of who we are.
gdpr  data  regulation  policy  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  indie  radar 
november 2017 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
Smart condom ring i.Con is like a Fitbit for your man bits - CNET
Worried about privacy, the data kind? British Condoms says "all data will be kept anonymous, but users will have the option to share their recent data with friends, or, indeed the world."
sex  data  privacy  iot  internetofthings  smart  condom  indie  radar 
march 2017 by laurakalbag
Google's data leak reveals flaws in making it judge and jury over our rights | Technology | The Guardian
that Google is the web’s main arbiter of information, and has immense control over how we are represented and identified digitally.
google  righttobeforgotten  eu  search  privacy  data  tracking  roundup  powles  17jul15 
july 2015 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
Why Europe needs a digital regulator | Technology | The Guardian
Summary: We’ve looked a lot at the Google antitrust battle lately, and the goings-on with regulation in Europe. Frank Pasquale looks to the future, and why Europe needs a digital regulator. Corporations with investors will grow huge and monopolistic in their nature, and so we need long-term thinking from well-informed individuals to help keep ahead of the enormous Silicon Valley legal teams.

“This is far-sighted, important planning. The new economy demands a new regulatory body, with the ability to continually monitor the law-like power now assumed by major digital platforms to themselves.”
google  facebook  regulation  eu  europe  data  corruption  monopoly  indie  indieroundup  1may15 
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 Internet.org.
google  varian  morozov  privacy  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  data  1may15 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
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