The Dark Web Has Nothing on Data Brokers

The Dark Web Has Nothing on Data Brokers

To regular folks with some basic computer skills the Dark Web seems to be Enemy #1.People talk about it like it’s the Internet Demogorgon.Acxiom collects, analyzes and sells customer and business information used for targeted advertising campaigns.

P410n3 - blog: "I have nothing to hide"

P410n3 - blog: "I have nothing to hide"

Google, Facebook and lots of other companies don’t just collect data about you for surveillance alone.But Google does not just show you some ads, they also have full control over what results you get for each and every search query you send.

A Vision of the Dark Future of Advertising

A Vision of the Dark Future of Advertising

Via complex analysis that no one will understand, taking in data from your fridge, smart car, work calendar, facial expressions, and toilet, your smart TV will fire off a personalized ad about buying that shiny new handgun just at the moment you’re starting to feel… well, in fact, you won’t know what the reason is.

Instead of surveillance, what if we told advertisers what they wanted to know?

Instead of surveillance, what if we told advertisers what they wanted to know?

As of October, the company has permanently eliminated its “Partner Categories” feature, which had enabled advertisers targeting hyper-specific user demographics to do so by purchasing access, through Facebook, to consumer data gathered by third-party brokers like Acxiom, Datalogix, Epsilon, BlueKai, Oracle, and others.

French Data Protection Authority Takes on Google

French Data Protection Authority Takes on Google

The Complaints from Privacy Advocates Under the GDPR, processing of personal data is only allowed where there is a “legal basis.” such as the consent of the user, and users are granted extensive rights over their data.

The CNIL’s restricted committee imposes a financial penalty of 50 Million euros against GOOGLE LLC

The CNIL’s restricted committee imposes a financial penalty of 50 Million euros against GOOGLE LLC

The CNIL’s restricted committee imposes a financial penalty of 50 Million euros against GOOGLE LLC 21 January 2019 On 21 January 2019, the CNIL’s restricted committee imposed a financial penalty of 50 Million euros against the company GOOGLE LLC, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), for lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding the ads personalization.

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants

The privacy team had limited ability to review or suggest changes to some of those data-sharing agreements, which had been negotiated by more senior officials at the company.

Infographic: How to Become Invisible on the Internet

Infographic: How to Become Invisible on the Internet

More people want to opt out of this data collection, but aside from disconnecting entirely or taking ludicrous measures to safeguard information, there aren’t many great options available to limit what is seen and known about you online. The simple actions that can be taken fall into three major realms: internet browsers, social networks, and mobile phones.

Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo finds Google personalizes search results even for logged out and incognito users

Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo finds Google personalizes search results even for logged out and incognito users

In tests earlier in the year, it was found that even when people searched without logging into a Google account -- or when they used private browsing mode -- "most participants saw results unique to them", suggesting there was still personalization of results.

Google personalizes search results even when you’re logged out, new study finds

Google personalizes search results even when you’re logged out, new study finds

The company began personalizing search results for every user, even those without a Google account, way back in 2009 using an anonymous cookie that would take into account information like your location, search history, and other factors.

The Next Data Mine Is Your Bedroom

The Next Data Mine Is Your Bedroom

Google and Facebook both record and analyze user behavior, use it to sort people into categories, and then target them with ads and other content. The second patent proposes a smart-home system that would help run the household, using sensors and cameras to restrict kids’ behavior.

The Next Data Mine Is Your Bedroom

The Next Data Mine Is Your Bedroom

The patent imagines smart home devices would make all types of inferences about users, sorting them into categories based on what it sees in their most personal spaces.

Are you a hostage of the Filter Bubble? – Jan Tegze – Medium

Are you a hostage of the Filter Bubble? – Jan Tegze – Medium

First option: You can use other engines like Bing, but if you would like to use Google results you can try a search engine like Startpage.com. It is an Internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers’ privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results.

Eye Movements During Everyday Behavior Predict Personality Traits

Eye Movements During Everyday Behavior Predict Personality Traits

Using a state-of-the-art machine learning method and a rich set of features encoding different eye movement characteristics, we were able to reliably predict four of the Big Five personality traits (neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness) as well as perceptual curiosity only from eye movements.