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UK high court blocks mass privacy action against Google 8 Oct 9:47am Updated UK high court blocks mass privacy action against Google
Tech company faced claims it gathered personal data from more than 4m iPhone users The high court has blocked a mass lawsuit against Google that aimed to collect as much as £3bn in compensation for the company’s historical practice of collecting data on iPhone users whose privacy settings should have prevented surveillance. Mr Justice Warby, sitting in London, announced his decision on Monday.
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In Sign of Resistance, Chinese Balk at Using Apps to Snitch on Neighbors 31 Dec 2017, 12:04am Updated In Sign of Resistance, Chinese Balk at Using Apps to Snitch on Neighbors
New technology, part of the country’s effort to build a mass surveillance web, rewards citizens for notifying authorities about illegal activity, domestic disputes and other problems. But people are wary of using it.
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Controversial Chinese Live-Streaming Platform Shuts Down 20 Dec 2017, 10:10pm Updated Controversial Chinese Live-Streaming Platform Shuts Down
Chinese cybersecurity company Qihoo 360 Technology shut down a controversial platform that had streamed live video from surveillance cameras in playgrounds, schools and restaurants, after social-media users accused the company of infringing on privacy.
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China tells web giants they must accept limits 18 Dec 2017, 8:57am China tells web giants they must accept limits
Web giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter would be welcome to operate in China if they adhered to Beijing's strict censorship and surveillance laws, regulators have said.
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Uber Security Managers Resign After Hack, Surveillance Allegations 4 Dec 2017, 8:54am Updated Uber Security Managers Resign After Hack, Surveillance Allegations
Uber Technologies’ security team is crumbling after a scandalous two weeks that included the surprise disclosure of a year-old data breach and a damaging letter from a former employee detailing clandestine operations.
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UK police to lose phone and web data search authorisation powers 30 Nov 2017, 12:07pm UK police to lose phone and web data search authorisation powers
Change is one of several to ‘snooper’s charter’ law proposed by ministers in attempt to comply with European court ruling Senior police officers are to lose the power to self-authorise access to personal phone and web browsing records under a series of late changes to the ”snooper’s charter” law proposed by ministers in an attempt to comply with a European court ruling on Britain’s mass surveillance powers.
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Police to lose phone and web data search authorisation powers 30 Nov 2017, 9:36am Police to lose phone and web data search authorisation powers
Change is one of several changes to ‘snooper’s charter’ law proposed by ministers in attempt to comply with European court ruling Senior police officers are to lose the power to self-authorise access to personal phone and web browsing records under a series of late changes to the ”snooper’s charter” law proposed by ministers in an attempt to comply with a European court ruling on Britain’s mass surveillance powers.
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Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S. 13 Nov 2017, 12:51pm Updated Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S.
Hikvision, a company 42%-owned by the Chinese government, sold devices that monitor U.S. Army base and Memphis streets. That has sparked concerns about cybersecurity.
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GCHQ bulk surveillance challenged in court 7 Nov 2017, 3:58am GCHQ bulk surveillance challenged in court
Legal complaints against the UK triggered by Edward Snowden's revelations on global surveillance will today be heard by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
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Surveillance capitalism: why governments should protect us from big tech 19 Oct 2017, 6:00am Surveillance capitalism: why governments should protect us from big tech
The health of our democracy demands that we consider treating Facebook, Google, and Amazon with the same firm hand that led government to wage war on major monopolies In our day, we can’t quite see anything wrong with monopoly. We’re certain that our tech giants achieved their dominance fairly and squarely through the free market, by dint of technical genius. To conjure this image of meritocratic triumph requires overlooking several pungent truths about the nature of these new monopolies. Their dominance is less than pure.
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Social media data shared by spy agencies 17 Oct 2017, 1:23pm Social media data shared by spy agencies
Details about the data being collected by GCHQ have emerged at a tribunal about surveillance legality.
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Russian Hackers Stole NSA Data on U.S. Cyber Defense 6 Oct 2017, 1:30pm Updated Russian Hackers Stole NSA Data on U.S. Cyber Defense
Hackers working for the Russian government stole a vast collection of highly classified material from the home computer of a National Security Agency contractor, said people familiar with the matter. The breach could enable Russia to evade NSA surveillance and more easily infiltrate U.S. networks.
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Post-Snowden surveillance changes begin in UK 31 Aug 2017, 9:54am Post-Snowden surveillance changes begin in UK
The first institutional change to the UK's surveillance apparatus since the outcry following the Edward Snowden revelations has taken place.
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Govt funds controversial facial recognition tech 17 Aug 2017, 5:53am Govt funds controversial facial recognition tech
The Home Office plans to invest more in facial recognition technology for the police despite warnings that it could be illegal and concerns over surveillance.
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In China, Surveillance Feeds Become Reality TV 10 Aug 2017, 11:50pm Updated In China, Surveillance Feeds Become Reality TV
China’s 730 million internet users may be blocked from watching YouTube, but they can binge on real-time video streams of yoga studios, alpaca ranches and thousands of other scenes captured by surveillance cameras.
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New law would force Facebook and Google to give police access to encrypted messages 13 Jul 2017, 11:14pm New law would force Facebook and Google to give police access to encrypted messages
Under government plan, internet companies would be obliged to give law enforcement agencies warranted access The Australian government has proposed a new cybersecurity law to force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to give law enforcement agencies access to encrypted messages sent by suspected extremists and criminals. Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday the law would be modelled on Britain’s Investigatory Powers Act, passed in November, which gave intelligence agencies some of the most extensive surveillance powers in the western world.
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Facebook among tech firms battling gag orders over government surveillance 10 Jul 2017, 5:00am Facebook among tech firms battling gag orders over government surveillance
US government prevents companies from revealing many user data requests – a practice which firms and civil liberties activists call unconstitutional Tech companies including Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft are fighting gag orders from US courts preventing them from talking about government surveillance of their users, arguing it has a chilling effect on free speech.
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Company Lost Secret 2014 Fight Over ‘Expansion’ of N.S.A. Surveillance 14 Jun 2017, 9:34pm Updated Company Lost Secret 2014 Fight Over ‘Expansion’ of N.S.A. Surveillance
The 2014 fight is the first time that a communications company that works with the N.S.A. is known to have challenged a law on warrantless surveillance.
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Dilemma for Uber and Rival: Egypt’s Demand for Data on Riders 10 Jun 2017, 1:43pm Dilemma for Uber and Rival: Egypt’s Demand for Data on Riders
Uber and Careem, its chief competitor in the Middle East, rejected the request, but it could soon be law — perhaps a recipe for sweeping surveillance.
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Federal Court Revives Wikimedia’s Challenge to N.S.A. Surveillance 23 May 2017, 8:20pm Federal Court Revives Wikimedia’s Challenge to N.S.A. Surveillance
An appeals court ruling on warrantless internet surveillance raises the chances that the Supreme Court could one day scrutinize the issue.
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Lib Dems pledge to fight mass surveillance 17 May 2017, 6:59am Lib Dems pledge to fight mass surveillance
The Liberal Democrats have made a manifesto pledge to "roll back state surveillance powers" which have been passed into law by the Government's Investigatory Powers Act.
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Chicago Tries High-Tech Approach to Curb Violence 13 May 2017, 1:52pm Updated Chicago Tries High-Tech Approach to Curb Violence
In an effort to combat a surge in violence, Chicago has opened new strategic centers in the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods that combine surveillance video, gang database and software to predict where crime will occur.
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Cyber-insecurity is a gift for hackers, but it’s our own governments that create it | Evgeny Morozov 6 May 2017, 7:04pm Cyber-insecurity is a gift for hackers, but it’s our own governments that create it | Evgeny Morozov
The insurance market is extracting millions to protect us from the built-in flaws the surveillance state relies onThe political legitimacy of democratic capitalism, that unlikely political formation that has brought us
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How Evil Is Silicon Valley? 26 Apr 2017, 10:37pm Updated How Evil Is Silicon Valley?
The film “The Circle” zeroes in on the evils that ensue when tech companies inadvertently create a surveillance society—and all of us smartphone addicts willingly help, Geoffrey A. Fowler writes.
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Yes, They Are Watching Us 26 Apr 2017, 11:56am Updated Yes, They Are Watching Us
The film “The Circle” zeroes in on the evils that ensue when tech companies inadvertently create a surveillance society—and all of us smartphone addicts willingly help, Geoffrey A. Fowler writes.
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Seller of Hijacked DVR in Colorado Laundromat Pledges to Tighten Security 27 Mar 2017, 1:47pm Updated Seller of Hijacked DVR in Colorado Laundromat Pledges to Tighten Security
A surveillance-camera company featured in a previous article about hacked devices said it is taking steps to harden its products against attacks.
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Amid Trump Inquiry, a Primer on Surveillance Practices and Privacy 24 Mar 2017, 7:33pm Amid Trump Inquiry, a Primer on Surveillance Practices and Privacy
The F.B.I. investigation into possible Trump campaign coordination with Russia and claims by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee raise questions.
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UK public faces mass invasion of privacy as big data and surveillance merge 14 Mar 2017, 3:00am UK public faces mass invasion of privacy as big data and surveillance merge
Tony Porter, the government’s surveillance camera commissioner, says regulators are struggling to keep up with pace of technological change The privacy of the public is at risk of being invaded on a mass scale without its consent as the collection of big data meshes with proliferation of video surveillance, the government’s CCTV watchdog has warned. Launching a new three-year strategy, the
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Facebook Bans Use of User Data for Surveillance 13 Mar 2017, 6:09pm Facebook Bans Use of User Data for Surveillance
Facebook said data about users cannot be used for surveillance, cracking down on a method police departments allegedly used to track protesters and activists.
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Facebook and Instagram ban developers from using data for surveillance 13 Mar 2017, 2:31pm Facebook and Instagram ban developers from using data for surveillance
Company announces new privacy policy following revelations that police gained special access to the social networks to track protesters Facebook and Instagram have banned developers from using their data for surveillance with a new privacy policy that civil rights activists have long sought to curb spying by law enforcement. Following revelations last year that police departments had gained
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Germany surveillance: Security trumps privacy as video bill passed 10 Mar 2017, 9:58am Germany surveillance: Security trumps privacy as video bill passed
Privacy advocates protest as German deputies make it easier to install public video surveillance.
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Tech Fix: With Claims of C.I.A. Hacking, How to Protect Your Devices 8 Mar 2017, 4:30pm Tech Fix: With Claims of C.I.A. Hacking, How to Protect Your Devices
Want to protect against surveillance through your iPhones, Android devices, Wi-Fi routers and Samsung televisions? Update, update, update.
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Bits: Tech Roundup: WikiLeaks Documents Point to Scourge of Cyberweapons 8 Mar 2017, 11:40am Bits: Tech Roundup: WikiLeaks Documents Point to Scourge of Cyberweapons
A release of documents by WikiLeaks on Tuesday shows the extent to which spy agencies are collecting malware to aid in their surveillance.
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Messaging App Has Bipartisan Support Amid Hacking Concerns 24 Jan 2017, 11:26am Updated Messaging App Has Bipartisan Support Amid Hacking Concerns
Signal, a smartphone app that allows users to send encrypted messages, is gaining popularity in the political world amid rising fears about hacking and surveillance in the wake of a tumultuous election year.
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UN free speech advocate criticises UK plan to curb access to online porn 12 Jan 2017, 5:41am UN free speech advocate criticises UK plan to curb access to online porn
David Kaye warns digital economy bill’s age controls and censorship of websites could break international human rights law The UN’s free speech advocate has warned that British government plans to enforce age verification and some censorship of pornographic websites risk breaking international human rights law and would contribute to a “significant tightening of control over the internet”. David Kaye, the special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, called on ministers to conduct a comprehensive review of the digital economy bill, which he said facilitated state surveillance and lacked judicial oversight.
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Feature: Cyberwar for Sale 9 Jan 2017, 4:58pm Updated Feature: Cyberwar for Sale
After a maker of surveillance software was hacked, its leaked documents shed light on a shadowy global industry that has turned email theft into a terrifying — and lucrative — political weapon.
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Anti-surveillance clothing aims to hide wearers from facial recognition 4 Jan 2017, 2:00am Anti-surveillance clothing aims to hide wearers from facial recognition
Hyperface project involves printing patterns on to clothing or textiles that computers interpret as a face, in fightback against intrusive technology The use of facial recognition software for commercial purposes is becoming more common, but, as
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European Court Hands Down Data-Collection Curb 21 Dec 2016, 2:42pm Updated European Court Hands Down Data-Collection Curb
In a ruling that could complicate their surveillance activities, regional governments are told by the European Union’s top court that they can’t require internet companies to retain data indiscriminately.
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House Panel Urges New Law for U.S. Cellphone Surveillance 19 Dec 2016, 7:13pm House Panel Urges New Law for U.S. Cellphone Surveillance
A House committee has recommended Congress pass a new law to create national standards for how police officers and federal agents use powerful cellphone tracking technology in their investigations.
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A World of Surveillance Doesn’t Always Help to Catch a Thief 18 Dec 2016, 8:28pm A World of Surveillance Doesn’t Always Help to Catch a Thief
A reporter’s credit card was stolen, so he counted all the video cameras in stores where it was used afterward. And then he included the data from the Uber rides.
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Tech Fix: Worried About the Privacy of Your Messages? Download Signal. 7 Dec 2016, 12:17pm Tech Fix: Worried About the Privacy of Your Messages? Download Signal.
Signal, an encrypted chat service, is a must in an era when companies collect ever more information about users and government surveillance may expand.
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What the internet surveillance law means to you 29 Nov 2016, 3:04pm What the internet surveillance law means to you
Zoe Kleinman explains why the Investigatory Powers Act is so controversial.
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9 Nov 2016, 12:48pm The Spy Who Loved Me: The Slippery Slope of Digital Surveillance
Using smartphones to track family members can be reassuring, but it can open the door to a surveillance state in the home.
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5 Nov 2016, 11:44am Million Mask March: police to curb protests amid fears of violence
Conditions imposed by Met under Public Order Act include 9pm curfew and restrictions on assembly in Trafalgar Square Scotland Yard has imposed stringent restrictions on protesters gathering in Westminster on Saturday for the Million Mask March, after clashes with police, incidents of criminal damage and attempts to invade official buildings at previous years’ events. The gathering of thousands in central London – in protest at austerity economics, official corruption, erosion of civil liberties, surveillance and a litany of other causes – is held annually on 5 November, a date held as symbolic for its connection with
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4 Nov 2016, 9:25am Million Mask March: police curb protests amid violence fears
Conditions imposed by Met under Public Order Act include 9pm curfew and restrictions on assembly in Trafalgar Square Scotland Yard has imposed stringent restrictions on protesters gathering in Westminster on Saturday for the Million Mask March, after clashes with police, incidents of criminal damage and attempts to invade official buildings at previous years’ events. The gathering of thousands in central London – in protest at austerity economics, official corruption, erosion of civil liberties, surveillance and a litany of other causes – is held annually on 5 November, a date held symbolic for its connection with
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1 Nov 2016, 7:56pm Montreal Police Face a Storm of Criticism Over Surveillance of a Journalist
Investigators looking into corruption within the Montreal police force for almost six months focused their attention on a reporter who had no apparent connection to the case.
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25 Oct 2016, 8:41am Sweden bans cameras on drones
The use of camera drones has been made illegal in Sweden unless they are granted a special surveillance permit.
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20 Oct 2016, 6:34am Yahoo urges US to publish surveillance order
Internet firm Yahoo calls on the US government to publish a surveillance order it received so it can respond to claims it scanned users' emails
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12 Oct 2016, 3:37am Updated Police Use Surveillance Tool to Scan Social Media, A.C.L.U. Says
Geofeedia, a company in Chicago, has used data from Facebook, Twitter and several other networks to aid law enforcement officials in monitoring protesters, the A.C.L.U. says.
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11 Oct 2016, 4:07pm ACLU finds social media sites gave data to company tracking black protesters
ACLU revealed Tuesday that Facebook, Twitter and Instagram gave ‘special access’ to Geofeedia, a controversial social media monitoring company Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have previously provided users’ data to a software company that aids police surveillance programs and targets protesters of color, according to government records obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU
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8 Oct 2016, 9:30am Bits: Farhad’s and Mike’s Week in Tech: Samsung’s Exploding Products and Twitter’s Fizzling Deal
Mike calls Yahoo’s surveillance predicament a “flaming garbage fire” and hopes Alexa and her A.I. ilk are friendlier than HAL. Soon, Farhad will be in Asia.
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6 Oct 2016, 8:59am Yahoo email surveillance: who approved the secret scanning program?
Neither the tech company nor the government will say who greenlighted custom program to scan users’ emails, but secret Fisa court and FBI are possibilities By what legal authority do the National Security Agency and the FBI ask Yahoo to search its users’ emails? Neither the government nor the tech company would say, after Reuters first reported on Tuesday that Yahoo “secretly built a custom software program” it used on behalf of the NSA and CIA to scan customer emails.
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5 Oct 2016, 8:03pm Yahoo Said to Have Aided U.S. Email Surveillance by Adapting Spam Filter
A system built to scan emails for spam, child pornography and malware allowed Yahoo to search for a terrorist organization’s “signature” to satisfy a secret court order, a government official says.
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21 Sep 2016, 6:00am US cities launch campaign to crack down on unsanctioned surveillance
Coalition of officials and advocacy groups wants to return authority over domestic spying to townships and cities that legally oversee police departments Local officials in 11 cities around the US launched a campaign on Wednesday to crack down on the unsanctioned police use of surveillance equipment, especially devices that imitate cellphone towers.
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13 Sep 2016, 7:06pm GCHQ cyber boss offers private companies protection from hackers
Businesses could use surveillance agency’s expertise to protect them from malicious attacks, says director general of cyber Ciaran Martin The UK’s surveillance agency GCHQ is planning to create a British firewall offering protection against malicious hackers. The proposal was made at a conference in Washington by the director general of cyber at GCHQ, Ciaran Martin, who is also head of the National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of GCHQ.
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4 Sep 2016, 11:30am Saudi Arabia tightens up hajj planning to avoid repeat of 2015 disaster
Electronic wristbands among measures to keep expected 2 million pilgrims safe from crowd crushes and extremist threat A year after the worst hajj disaster in a generation, Saudi Arabia is issuing pilgrims with electronic bracelets and using more surveillance cameras to avoid a repeat of the crush that killed hundreds of people and damaged already strained ties with Iran. The Muslim pilgrimage, which starts on Friday and will bring 2 million people to Islam’s most sacred sites in Mecca, will also be a focus of concerns about militant violence after
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2 Sep 2016, 10:38am Apple Offers Security Fixes for Mac Software, Browser
A widely reported computer attack that turns an iPhone into a surveillance device could be trained against Apple’s Macintosh computers too.
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1 Sep 2016, 9:00am Publishers must let online readers pay for news anonymously
Some newspaper and magazine websites are cutting off access to readers unless they accept being surveilled by advertisers – no thank you! Online newspapers and magazines have come to depend, for their income, on a system of advertising and surveillance, which is both annoying and unjust. Readers are rebelling by installing ad blockers, which cut into the publisher’s surveillance-based income. And in response, some sites are cutting off access to readers unless they accept being surveilled. What they ought to do instead is give us a truly anonymous way to pay.
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31 Aug 2016, 9:00am Companies are making money from our personal data – but at what cost?
Data appropriation is a form of exploitation because companies use data to create value without providing people with comparable compensation It is the strangely conspiratorial truth of the surveillance society we inhabit that there are unknown entities gathering our data for unknown purposes. Companies and governments dip into the data streams of our lives in increasingly innovative ways, tracking what we do, who we know and where we go. The methods and purposes of data collection keep expanding, with seemingly no end or limit in sight.
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