Bruce Schneier lays it out for us and it’s scary and truly annoying – what Harvard Business School professor Shoshana Zuboff calls “surveillance capitalism” has been latched on to by Facebook and, says Schneier, “thousands of other companies that spy on and manipulate us for profit.”
It’s far from the security we expect to have when we turn on our computers.
“There are 2,500 to 4,000 data brokers in the United States whose business is buying and selling our personal data. Last year, Equifax was in the news when hackers stole personal information on 150 million people, including Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver’s license numbers.
“You certainly didn’t give it permission to collect any of that information. Equifax is one of those thousands of data brokers, most of them you’ve never heard of, selling your personal information without your knowledge or consent to pretty much anyone who will pay for it.
“Surveillance capitalism takes this one step further. Companies like Facebook and Google offer you free services in exchange for your data…”
And they don’t say so. Isn’t that fraud?