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Palantir has figured out how to make money by using algorithms to ascribe guilt to people, now they're looking for new customers

In 2009, JP Morgan Chase's "special ops" guy was an ex-Secret Service agent called Peter Cavicchia III, and he retained Palantir to spy on everyone in the company to find "insider threats"; even getting the bank to invest in Palantir. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Christ What An Asshole, Big Data, Finance, Race, Peter Thiel, Machine Learning, Predictive Policing, Secret Service, Palantir, Surveillance Capitalism, Algorithmic Guilt, Weapons Of Math Destruction, Zuboff, Evil Billionaires


When your dental insurer sends you a "free" Internet of Shit toothbrush

Wolf Richter's dental insurer sent his family a free "smart" toothbrush that records how often and how well you brush, using a set of proprietary consumables to clean your teeth. (more…)
Tags: Health, Post, Happy Mutants, News, Insurance, Surveillance, Iot, Surveillance Capitalism, Internet Of Shit, Zuboff, Wolf Richter


Facebook is unfixable; we need a nonprofit, public-spirited replacement

The corruption and surveillance culture of Facebook is baked in deep and can never be removed; if you doubt it, just peruse a sampling of their patent filings, which are like Black Mirror fanfic written by lawyers. (more…)
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Charitable Giving, Black Mirror, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, DeleteFacebook, Post-facebook, Public Good, What Comes Next


Offering users transparency and privacy is the only way Big Tech can avoid being turned into content cops

Dan Gillmor's got an excellent point about tech platforms: they more they act as technological regulators of what we see (the more they spy on us and filter-bubble us), the more they're going to face calls to be political regulators of what we see. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Dan Gillmor, Big Tech, Surveillance Capitalism, Guns On The Mantelpiece In Act One


Under Armour: hackers stole the data of 150,000,000 Myfitnesspal users because of course they did

Myfitnesspal was a startup that offered Internet of Shit-based fitness and diet tracking; they were purchased by Under Armour for $475,000,000 in 2015; three years later, Under Armour has admitted that hackers stole the personal data of 150,000,000 Myfitnesspal users. (more…)
Tags: Security, Post, News, Infosec, Iot, Under Armor, Myfitnesspal, Armour, Surveillance Capitalism, Internet Of Shit, Zuboff


Under Armor: hackers stole the data of 150,000,000 Myfitnesspal users because of course they did

Myfitnesspal was a startup that offered Internet of Shit-based fitness and diet tracking; they were purchased by Under Armor for $475,000,000 in 2015; three years later, Under Armor has admitted that hackers stole the personal data of 150,000,000 Myfitnesspal users. (more…)
Tags: Security, Post, News, Infosec, Iot, Under Armor, Myfitnesspal, Surveillance Capitalism, Internet Of Shit, Zuboff


Data Defenders, a media literacy game about data collection and targeting for kids in grades 4-6

Mediasmarts (previously), a Canadian media literacy nonprofit, has just released Data Defenders, a timely video game about data collection and targeting aimed at kids in grades 4-6. (more…)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Games, Kids, News, Education, Parenting, Privacy, Media Literacy, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, DeleteFacebook, The Only Way To Win Is Not To Play


The business-logic of Silicon Valley means that it can only make creepy, surveillant, pointless "smart" sex toys

People who buy sex toys generally want "high-quality, ergonomically designed toys that are intuitive to use," but Silicon Valley keeps delivering "innovative" and commercially unsuccessful sex toys whose selling-points are their "flashy apps and connectivity." (more…)
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Sex, Silicon Valley, Iot, Surveillance Capitalism, Internet Of Shit, Zuboff, Juicero For Your Junk


Cyber-arms-dealer Grey Heron really, really doesn't want you to know about the connections between them and the disgraced Hacking Team

When Grey Heron surfaced this month selling anti-Signal and anti-Telegram surveillance tools at a UK trade show for cyber-arms-dealers, sharp-eyed journalists at Motherboard immediately noticed that the company's spokesman was last seen fronting for Hacking Team, a disgraced Italian cyber-arms-dealer that provided surveillance weapons to some of the world's cruelest dictators. (more…)
Tags: Post, UK, News, Malware, Spyware, Italy, Days, Hacking Team, Grey Heron, Surveillance Capitalism, Late Stage Capitalism, Arms Dealers, Zuboff


ICE uses Facebook's backend to hunt immigrants, with help from Palantir

Public records requests have shown that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- who have continued and intensified Obama's program of mass deportations and separation of families under Trump -- uses Facebook's logs, merged with logs from cellular carriers and analyzed by software from Palantir (Peter Thiel's police-state arms-dealer) to track immigrants. (more…)
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Obama, Police, Immigration, Surveillance, Ice, Authoritarianism, Palantir, Immigration And Customs Enforcement, Trumpism, Trump, Ethnic Cleansing, White Supremacy, Xenophobia


Services that deliver the same functions as Facebook, for after you #DeleteFacebook

After you #DeleteFacebook (here's step-by-step instructions, because they make it damned hard), you'll be wanting to replace the services it provided like instant messaging, event planning, and social news sharing. (more…)
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, Redecentralization, DeleteFacebook, Fuck Zuck, The Beginning Of The Beginning Of The End


UK Information Commissioner's Office raids Cambridge Analytica's London office

The London offices of soi-dissant Facebook mind-control sorcerers Cambridge Analytica were raided by the UK Information Commissioner's Office, after a judge issued a search warrant for material related to the illegal acquisition of 50,000,000 Facebook profiles by the company. (more…)
Tags: Facebook, Post, UK, London, News, Privacy, Surveillance, Ico, Cambridge Analytica, Schadenfreude, Surveillance Capitalism, UK Information Commissioner s Office, Zuboff, Witch Burnings


You know who does creepier stuff with your data than Cambridge Analytica? Your ISP

Chances are, your ISP has been repeatedly caught sucking up all your clicks, and also chances are that it's a de facto arm of the US spy network, making bank selling your data to the NSA; AT&T has proposed charging you hundreds of dollars extra a year not to spy on you; Comcast wants to do the same. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Cable Company Fuckery, Privacy, Nsa, Telcoms, US, Comcast, Cambridge Analytica, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, DeleteFacebook


Trump and the weird attention economy of Facebook

When you try to buy online ads from Facebook's self-serve ad-auctioning platform, merely being the highest bidder isn't enough to guarantee that your ads will get through: Facebook multiplies your bid by a software-generated prediction about how responsive the audience will be to it, so the clickbaitier your ad is, the less it costs to place it. (more…)
Tags: Facebook, Post, Elections, News, Russia, Trump, Surveillance Capitalism, delete Facebook, Zuboff, Attention Economics


Your smart TV is trivial to hack and leaks your personal information like crazy unless you disable all its useful features

Consumer Reports dragged a bunch of its top-rated smart TVs back into its labs to re-evaluate them, this time checking them for hard-to-evaluate information security risks and defects, which are not normally factored into its ratings. (more…)
Tags: Security, Gadgets, Post, Business, News, Infosec, Consumer Reports, Gdpr, Surveillance Capitalism, Internet Of Shit, Zuboff, Race To The Top


Leaked presentation from AI snake-oil salesmen to AAA game company promises horrific, dystopian manipulation of players to drain their wallets

Techpowerup has published a redacted presentation from an unnamed AI company to an unnamed big-budget multiplayer video-game publisher, setting out a suite of surveillance capitalism tools combined with machine-learning to manipulate players to make them as addicted as possible and drain them of as much money as possible. (more…)
Tags: Post, Business, Games, News, Manipulation, Leaks, Machine Learning, Ai, AAA, Surveillance Capitalism, Guillotine Watch, Zuboff, Robert Mercer By Way Of Gdc, Techpowerup


Facebook hired a pollster to track Zuck's public image, but he quit because working for Facebook filled him with shame

Tavis McGinn came to a job interview at Facebook to do the kind of work he'd done at Google, using analytics to help advertisers refine their campaigns; instead he was offered a job as Zuck's personal pollster, tracking the CEO's approval rating in fine-grained detail as he toured America and the world. (more…)
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, Business, News, America, Polling, Zuck, Big Tech, Surveillance Capitalism, Guillotine Watch, delete Facebook, Zuboff, Tavis McGinn


The coming EU privacy regulation will end up remaking the world's web

Europe's General Data Protection Regulation kicks in this May, and it enforces a user-first, privacy-centric set of rules for the internet that is totally incompatible with the adtech industry and the ad-supported web in general (though much rides on a potentially humungous loophole). (more…)
Tags: Europe, Post, News, Privacy, Eu, Gdpr, General Data Protection Regulation, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, Race To The Top


America's school systems serve unencrypted web resources that are riddled with ad-tech trackers

Edtech Strategies, "a boutique consultancy focused on providing strategic research and counsel on issues at the intersection of education, public policy, technology, and innovation" has published a report detailing the dismal state of America's state education agencies web-practices, where encrypted connections are hard to find and adtech trackers are everywhere. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Privacy, Web Theory, America, Surveillance, Usausausa, Scholarship, Edtech, Adtech, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff


Inside big tech's last-minute scramble to comply with Europe's new privacy rules

The General Data Protection Regulation will be enforced as of May, and once it does, internet companies will no longer be able to collect or share your data unless they give you a clear, simple explanation of how it will be used, and get your consent, along with contact details for named individuals who report directly to the business's senior management. (more…)
Tags: Europe, Post, News, Eu, European Commission, Platforms, Gdpr, General Data Protection Regulation, Big Tech, Surveillance Capitalism, Resistance Is Futile, GAFA, Zuboff


Fitness app releases data-set that reveals the location of sensitive military bases, patrol routes, aircrew flightpaths, and individual soldiers' jogging routes

Strava is a popular fitness route-tracker focused on sharing the maps of your workouts with others; last November, the company released an "anonymized" data-set of over 3 trillion GPS points, and over the weekend, Institute for United Conflict Analysts co-founder Nathan Ruser started a Twitter thread pointing out the sensitive locations and details revealed by the release. (more…)
Tags: Twitter, Post, News, Fitness, Big Data, Opsec, Strava, Surveillance Capitalism, Re-identification, Zuboff, De-identification, Nathan Ruser, Institute for United Conflict Analysts co


Research report explains how adtech supercharges political deceit, allowing even bumblers to be master propagandists

A new report from the New America Foundation uses the current fear that Russian government elements manipulated the 2016 US election to explore the relationship between advertising technology, surveillance capitalism, and "precision propaganda," showing how the toolsuite developed for the advertising industry is readily repurposable by even modestly competent actors to spread disinformation campaigns. (more…)
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Post, Politics, Elections, News, Web Theory, US, Social Media, Scholarship, Antitrust, Machine Learning, Propaganda, Ai, Adtech, Botwars


Thanks to "consent" buried deep in sales agreements, car manufacturers are tracking tens of millions of US cars

Millions of new cars sold in the US and Europe are "connected," having some mechanism for exchanging data with their manufacturers after the cars are sold; these cars stream or batch-upload location data and other telemetry to their manufacturers, who argue that they are allowed to do virtually anything they want with this data, thanks to the "explicit consent" of the car owners -- who signed a lengthy contract at purchase time that contained a vague and misleading clause deep in its fine-prin...
Tags: Europe, Post, Business, News, Privacy, US, Surveillance, Automotive, Infosec, Leaks, Connected Cars, Honda, Reasonable Agreement, Gdpr, Breaches, Eulas


A comprehensive guide to corporate online surveillance in everyday life

Cracked Labs' massive report on online surveillance by corporations dissects all the different ways in which our digital lives are tracked, from the ad-beacons that follow us around the web to the apps that track our physical locations as we move around the world. (more…)
Tags: Google, Mobile, Facebook, Post, News, Eu, Surveillance, Adblocking, Gdpr, Surveillance Capitalism, Re-identification, GAFA, De-identification


Hundreds of Creepy Mobile Games Can Use Your Mic to Track What You Watch on TV

A New York Times report out Friday identifies more than 250 mobile games in Android’s Play Store that use always-on audio recognition software to track users’ TV- and ad-viewing behavior. Experts cited in the report also say the software’s developer, a startup called Alphonso, does not clearly describe how the games,…Read more...
Tags: Science, New York Times, Consumer Tech, Alphonso, Surveillance Capitalism


Surveillance advocate Eric Schmidt is stepping down as head of Google parent company Alphabet

Eric Schmidt, the ex-Sun CEO who came onboard at Google to be the "adult supervision" for the founders and who has repeatedly declared privacy dead and dismissed people who worried about surveillance business-models as unrealistic nutcases, is stepping down as head of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. (more…)
Tags: Google, Post, Business, Technology, News, Privacy, Surveillance, Eric Schmidt, Surveillance Capitalism


"Blatantly unlawful": companies use Facebook targeting to ensure older workers don't see help-wanted ads

A Propublica investigation (ed: I am an annual donor to Propublica and urge you to support their work) found dozens of companies who placed help wanted ads on Facebook that used ad-targeting to exclude older workers, a practice that an employment law specialist called "blatantly unlawful."
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Labor, Discrimination, Class War, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, Ice-floes-r-us


(Virtually) No one should ever own an Echo or any other "voice assistant" product

If you buy one of those intrinsically insecure, always-on "smart speakers" from Google, Amazon, Apple or other players, you're installing a constantly listening presence in your home that by design listens to every word you say, and which is very likely to suffer at least one catastrophic breach that allows hackers (possibly low-level dum-dums like the ransomware creeps who took whole hospitals hostage this year, then asked for a mere $300 to give them back because they were such penny-ante gri...
Tags: Gadgets, Echo, Post, News, Siri, Voice Assistant, Google Amazon Apple, Surveillance Capitalism, Late Stage Capitalism, Smart Speakers, Grinchwatch, Unless You Have Dementia, Zuboff


New All-Seeing Billboard Uses Hidden Cameras to Show Ads Based on Age, Emotions

London’s famous Piccadilly Circus new video display called Piccadilly Lights. According to its maker, the enormous screen (which is almost the size of two professional basketball courts) can detect the vehicles, ages, and even emotions of people nearby, and respond by playing…Read more...
Tags: Science, London, Biometrics, Face Recognition, Object Recognition, Surveillance Capitalism, Capitalism U Wild, Consumer Surveillance, Piccadilly Lights According


Algorithms try to channel us into repeating our lives

Molly Sauter (previously) describes in gorgeous, evocative terms how the algorithms in our life try to funnel us into acting the way we always have, or, failing that, like everyone else does. (more…)
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, News, Big Data, Molly Sauter, Surveillance Capitalism, Algorithmic Cruelty, Prediction Misfires