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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 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