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Another tax on the poor: Surrendering privacy for survival
Undocumented immigrants, day laborers, homeless people, and those with criminal convictions suffer from another data extreme: living beyond the reach of the data collection systems needed to thrive in society, they gain so much “privacy” that they become increasingly invisible. Living in this surveillance gap can be as damaging as living under constant surveillance, and is often a reaction to it.
systemicdiscrimination  privacy  algorithms  indie  radar 
march 2019 by laurakalbag
Why Zuckerberg's 'Privacy-Focused' Vision Is Not Entirely Pro-Privacy | Fortune
Don't be fooled by Facebook's latest privacy spin https://t.co/Ey7ptrRTvf Tweet by superglaze at March 07, 2019 at 12:36PM
superglaze  twitterlike  favourite  tweet  facebook  privacy 
march 2019 by laurakalbag
You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook. - WSJ
The social-media giant collects intensely personal information from many popular smartphone apps just seconds after users enter it, even if the user has no connection to Facebook
facebook  sdk  api  analytics  apps  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  indie  radar 
february 2019 by laurakalbag
Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by report on fake news | Technology | The Guardian
Labour moved quickly to endorse the committee’s findings, with the party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, announcing: “Labour agrees with the committee’s ultimate conclusion – the era of self-regulation for tech companies must end immediately.

“We need new independent regulation with a tough powers and sanctions regime to curb the worst excesses of surveillance capitalism and the forces trying to use technology to subvert our democracy.”
facebook  privacy  democracy  surveillancecapitalism  tomwatson  labour  parliamentary  uk  report  indie  radar 
february 2019 by laurakalbag
Privacy is a commons | TechCrunch
“At least three problems, in fact.’ Those are:

The absence of privacy has a chilling effect on dissidence and individual thought. Private spaces are the experimental petri dishes for societies. No privacy means no experimentation with anything of which society disapproves, especially if it’s illegal. (Which, please note, in recent memory includes things like marijuana and homosexuality; there is a long, long history of “illegal today” becoming “acceptable tomorrow” as societies become less authoritarian.)
If privacy becomes a commodity, one that only the rich afford, then the rich can and will use this information asymmetry threaten and persecute people who challenge the status quo, thereby perpetuating it.
Accumulated private data can and probably will increasingly be used to manipulate public opinion on a massive scale. Sure, Cambridge Analytica were bullshit artists, but in the not-too-distant future, what they promised their clients could conceivably become reality. No less an authority than François Chollet has written ‘I’d like to raise awareness about what really worries me when it comes to AI: the highly effective, highly scalable manipulation of human behavior that AI enables, and its malicious use by corporations and governments.’”
privacy  commons  definition 
february 2019 by laurakalbag
How a small French privacy ruling could remake adtech for good | TechCrunch
this is being interpreted by data experts as the regulator stating that consent to processing personal data cannot be gained through a framework arrangement which bundles a number of uses behind a single “I agree” button that, when clicked, passes consent to partners via a contractual relationship.
cnil  france  privacy  regulator  adtech  consent  gdpr  indie  radar 
november 2018 by laurakalbag
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 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
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
Apple and Mozilla move to thwart Facebook tracking
Notably, these protections won't do privacy-conscious consumers any good while they're logged into Facebook, but it will help to protect them from the social network's ever-expanding grasp while they're logged out. 
safari  apple  facebook  tracking  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  ios  ios12  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
Press release: Campaigners win vital battle against UK mass surveillance at European Court of Human Rights | Privacy International
Caroline Wilson Palow, General Counsel at Privacy International, said:

“Today’s judgment rightly criticises the UK’s bulk interception regime for giving far too much leeway to the intelligence agencies to choose who to spy on and when. It confirms that just because it is technically feasible to intercept all of our personal communications, it does not mean that it is lawful to do so.

The judgment also rightly recognises that collecting communications data - the who, what, and where of our communications - is as intrusive as collecting the content. This is a significant and important enhancement of our privacy protections.”
privacyinternational  privacyint  bulk  interception  privacy  uk  governmentsurveillance  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 Wikipedia dodged public outcry plaguing social media platforms
Most web sites collect, use, and sell a tremendous amount of data about their users. They’ve gotten really sophisticated, and can surmise an incredible amount of information about us. But that’s a game that Wikipedia simply doesn’t play.
wikipedia  tracking  trackers  outcry  privacy 
august 2018 by laurakalbag
GDPR cuts tracking cookies in Europe | ZDNet
“This does not prove that GDPR caused the decline, but it may have prompted websites to look at the cookies they were using, and for which they now had to obtain consent…

However, American technology companies generally evaded the cull. Most sites retained cookies from Google (96 percent), Facebook (70 percent), and Amazon (57 percent).”
gdpr  trackers  tracking  cookies  europe  us  privacy  consent  indie  radar 
august 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
23andMe Sold Access to Your DNA Library to Big Pharma, But You Can Opt Out - Motherboard
23andMe customers will, in effect, be charged twice for any potential “innovative new medicines” their DNA helps produce. The first time they paid for the DNA sequencing service; the second time they pay for the medicine that it helps create.
dna  gene  privacy  23andme  glaxo  gsk 
july 2018 by laurakalbag
Drug giant Glaxo teams up with DNA testing company 23andMe
Do you want your gene sequence in the hands of any private corporation? Sounds like the beginning of a sci-fi horror…
23andme  gsk  glaxo  dna  gene  privacy  indie  radar 
july 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
Privacy is power – POLITICO
“Privacy was once misconstrued as being about hiding and secrecy. Now it’s understood to be something much more pressing: power dynamics between the individual, the state and the market.”
privacy  secrecy  power  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
There Are No Guardrails on Our Privacy Dystopia - Motherboard
If tech is going to infiltrate, influence, and shape all of society, it is unacceptable for tech alone, or tech alone using pure market forces, to decide what tools are or are not acceptable.

(Cites Time Well Spent as a good thing, so not put on radar)
privacy  dystopia  gdpr  politics  surveillancecapitalism  notincluded  indie  radar 
march 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook Knows How to Track You Using the Dust on Your Camera Lens
It might assume two people knew each other if the images they uploaded looked like they were titled in the same series of photos—IMG_4605739.jpg and IMG_4605742, for example—or if lens scratches or dust were detectable in the same spots on the photos, revealing the photos were taken by the same camera.
facebook  tracking  camera  lens  privacy  dust  patents  patent  indie  radar 
january 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
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
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
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
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