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Deleting Facebook is not enough: without antitrust, the company will be our lives' "operating system"

Facebook is the poster-child for the techlash, the worst offender in the monopolistic bunch, and recent books like Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy by Siva Vaidhyanathan (previously) and Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier present variations on the main critiques of Facebook with some prescriptions for what to do about it. In his New York Review of Books review of the two titles, Jacob Weisberg identifies the ...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Corruption, News, Instagram, Microsoft, US, America, Ireland, Antitrust, Justice Department, Latin America, Ftc, Clinton, Weisberg, Sandberg

Why Do-Not-Track browser settings are useless and what to do about it

The long fight over Do-Not-Track followed a predictable trajectory: a detailed, meaningful pro-privacy system was subverted by big business, and then published as a "standard" that offered virtually no privacy protections. Today, turning on the Do-Not-Track setting in your browser does virtually nothing (Medium and Pintrest offer some support, everyone else not so much). EFF's Privacy Badger blocks ads from companies that don't comply with Do-Not-Track, so running Privacy Badger is a way ...
Tags: Post, Corruption, News, Privacy, W3c, Reddit, Pintrest, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Google Microsoft, Privacy Badger, Big Tech, Surveillance Capitalism, Do Not Track, Zuboff, Millions of People Doesn, Andrés Arrieta

Facebook lied: its in-home "Portal" cameras will collect your data

Facebook Portal is a camera that is supposed to follow you around your house while you videoconference; the product launch was repeatedly delayed because of the company's string of horrific privacy breaches; when the company finally pulled the trigger on the launch it was at pains to insist that Portal would not collect your data while you used it. That was a lie. Portal will spy on you continuously while you use it and that data will be used to target Facebook ads at you later. But Fa...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Corruption, News, Lies, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, Facebook Portal, DeleteFacebook, Kurt Wagner Recode, Takes The Cake Is A Lie

Blame Big Data for CVS's endless miles of receipts

Buy a single item at CVS and you can end up with a 4'-6'-long ribbon of register tape, a kind of orgy of coupons and come-ons. The phenomenon of the farcically long CVS receipt goes back to 2008 or so, when the company started buying data-mining services to plumb its customer loyalty card data, generating coupons on the fly. This apparently worked -- for a while. But stimulus regresses to the mean (AKA: we get used to stuff) and so CVS needed to do more to get the same yield, and other com...
Tags: Post, Business, News, Unilever, Analytics, Retail, Vox, Cvs, Colgate, Neutrogena, Garnier Fructis, Rachel Sugar, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, Red Queen's Race, Rachel Sugar Vox

Facebook's new product: every-room cameras for your home

Facebook's newest product is "Portal," a home camera intended to follow you from room to room while you videoconference. The product is presumably overseen by Consumer Hardware VP Andrew Bosworth, last seen telling female Facebook employees to shut the fuck up about the company's top lobbyist throwing a victory party for serial rapist Brett Kavanaugh on the eve of his lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. As Taylor Hatmaker writes on Techcrunch, there's a lot of tone-deafness in the l...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Business, News, Supreme Court, Andrew Bosworth, Surveillance Capitalism, Brett Kavanaugh, Zuboff, Facebook Portal, Taylor Hatmaker, DeleteFacebook, Taylor Hatmaker Techcrunch, Facebook's Cake Is A Lie

Democrats unveil "Internet Bill of Rights": transparency, privacy, control, notification, Net Neutrality, competition, accountability

The Democrats' newly unveiled "Internet Bill of Rights" enumerates ten rights that the party says it will enshrine in law, ranging from Net Neutrality to data portability to timely notification of breaches to opt-in for data collection, the right to see the data held on you by surveillance capitalists, rights to privacy and to be free from surveillance-driven discrimination, pro-competitive measures and so forth. The Bill was drafted by Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna, who has real bon...
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, News, California, Web Theory, Competition, Democrats, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Bill, Civlib, Uspoli, Kara Swisher, Ro Khanna, Surveillance Capitalism, Digital Monopolists

Whatsapp founder: I sold out, but I walked away from $850,000,000 when I quit Facebook

In 2014, Facebook bought the messaging system Whatsapp for $22B; it was a weird fit, because Whatsapp founders had decried Facebook's surveillance-based business model and targeted advertising, and had promised its users "No ads, no games, no gimmicks." Late last year, the cofounders of Whatsapp left Facebook, saying little at the time -- but then, in the midst of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Brian Acton, one of the founders, tweeted "It is time. #deletefacebook." Acton has said little...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Post, Business, News, Eu, Whatsapp, Forbes, Acton, Cambridge Analytica, Brian Acton, Surveillance Capitalism, Selling Out, Zuboff, DeleteFacebook, Alessio Jacona CC

The most popular "privacy" tool in Apple's Mac App Store was stealing users' browsing history and sending it to China

Apple pioneered the idea of "app stores," where operating system vendors got to decide who could distribute software that ran on their platforms, arguing that these "curated" stores would ensure high quality and protect users from malicious and inferior code. (more…)
Tags: Apple, Post, News, China, Web Theory, App Stores, Hubris, Surveillance Capitalism, Monopolism, Zuboff, Adware Doctor

Apple removes Facebook's deceptive, surveillant VPN from the App Store

Onavo (previously) was an Israeli startup that Facebook bought; the company has made a series of apps that masqueraded as utility software while gathering competitive intelligence that Facebook used to target its rivals by monitoring users' behavior. (more…)
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Post, News, Privacy, Onavo, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, DeleteFacebook

On the cruelty of ankle-monitors

Ankle monitors are billed as a humane alternative to incarceration, allowing people who might otherwise be locked up to be reintegrated into the community. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Privacy, Surveillance, Class War, Carceral State, 8A, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff

Mark Zuckerberg and his empire of oily rags

Surveillance capitalism sucks: it improves the scattershot, low-performance success-rate of untargeted advertising (well below 1 percent) and doubles or triples it (to well below 1 percent!). (more…)
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Business, Happy Mutants, News, Privacy, Web Theory, Surveillance, Gdpr, Zuck, PII, Surveillance Capitalism, Externalities, Zuboff, DeleteFacebook

Here are 15 privacy settings you should change from defaults, from Linkedin to cellphones to smart TVs

The Washington Post rounds up 15 privacy defaults that no one in their right mind would want to leave as-is, and provides direct links to change 'em (hilariously and predictably, Verizon/Oath/Yahoo's privacy settings dashboard times out when you try to load it) -- once you're done with that, go back and follow his links to unfuck the privacy defaults for Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and #DeleteFacebook. (via Reddit)
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Post, Business, News, Microsoft, Privacy, Washington Post, Linkedin, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, DeleteFacebook, Google Apple Amazon Microsoft, Defaults Matter, Verizon Oath Yahoo

For more than a decade, Facebook shared your friends' data and other sensitive info with phone makers, even after they claimed not to (they're still doing it)

From 2007 onward, Facebook created dozens of data-sharing arrangements with mobile phone vendors that let them raid your friends' personal information as well as your own, in arrangements that are still ongoing today, years after Facebook publicly announced that it had closed off this kind of data-mining by its partners. (more…)
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Privacy, Surveillance, Cambridge Analytica, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, DeleteFacebook, Privacy Is A Team Sport

UK consumer review magazine Which?: your smart home is spying on you, from your TV to your toothbrush

The UK consumer review magazine Which? (equivalent to America's Consumer Reports) has published a special investigation into the ways that Internet of Things smart devices are spying on Britons at farcical levels, with the recommendation that people avoid smart devices where possible, to feed false data to smart devices you do own, and to turn off data-collection settings in devices' confusing, deeply hidden control panels. (more…)
Tags: Videos, Gadgets, Business, Video, UK, News, Privacy, Youtube, America, Surveillance, Dmca, Iot, 1201, CFAA, Eulas, Surveillance Capitalism

Ad brokers are selling the fact that you visited an emergency room to ambulance-chasing lawyers Philadelphia's WHYY radio reports that visitors to the city's hospital emergency room are blitzed for weeks with ads for personal injury lawyers, thanks to "geofenced ad" brokerages. (more…)
Tags: Health, Business, Video, News, Law, Marketing, Philadelphia, WHYY, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, Location Privacy, Ambulance Chasers, Geofenced Ads

GDPR: Don't forget to bring a towel!

Tags: Feature, News, Privacy, Gdpr, Don, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, Towel Day

Ticketmaster finds a new way to be terrible: facial recognition!

Comcast may be the most hated company in America, but Ticketmaster has sure given it a run for its money, through a combination of monopolism, rent-seeking, shady dealing with scalpers and total indifference to its customers and the entertainers it nominally serves, but as bad as it is, there's still plenty of innovative ways for it to get worse. (more…)
Tags: Post, Business, News, Blink, America, Comcast, Live Nation, Facial Recognition, Ticketmaster, Surveillance Capitalism, To Opt Out Just Don't Have A Face, Monopolism, Zuboff

The GDPR might actually create an "attention economy"

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect this month and will completely overturn the way that businesses gather and circulate data about internet users. (more…)
Tags: Post, Business, Happy Mutants, Publishing, News, Law, Eu, European Union, Adblocking, Gdpr, Permission Marketing, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, DeleteFacebook

Facebook warns investors to expect bigger and worse scandals than Cambridge Analytica

The Cambridge Analytica affair wiped billions off of Facebook's valuation and prompted millions of users to #DeleteFacebook, but inevitably, the company bounced back, reporting high earnings in its quarterly investor disclosures. (more…)
Tags: Facebook, Post, Business, News, Privacy, Cambridge Analytica, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, DeleteFacebook, Never Just One Ant

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 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

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

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