Now, online marketeers are “tying people’s online browsing activity to their home address” – and using that to send you useless postal junk mail. Nothing is private and everything about your life may be exploited to sell you things you probably do not need.
After firing employees for doing good deeds, the CEO of US Bank asserts “this is not who we are”. This is known as the “begging the question” fallacy, which is to assert that something is true, in spite of actual events, and assert everyone agrees with this. This method is extremely common in corporate and government propaganda efforts.
Executive director of Choice Media explains how to bias news stories in favor of traditional, unionized public educational programs.
Forbes publishes a fake news column about “Walmart insulin”, deletes it later the same day. No editor’s note explains the deletion.
Two climate scientists, in a comment in Nature, note the media (and many climate scientists too) have been incorrectly presenting the RCMP8.5 “worst case scenario” as the most likely case. Data show this worst case is extremely unlikely, but its use in climate communications propaganda messaging has led to a mental health crisis as up to half of various population groups believe humanity may be extinct in ten years, and many youth are now medicated for anxiety caused by exaggerated climate communications efforts.
Facebook has the ability to track everything you do on line and off line, including links to store “loyalty card” purchases, online purchases from third part web sites, even when you look up information on medication conditions.
Avast anti-virus software has been tracking your web site visits, every web site page and click you make, your Google searches and GPS location information – and selling that to corporate America for marketing purposes. I just deleted all free anti-malware programs on my computer.
University of Missouri demands all students install a location tracking app on their phones so the university knows where students are, at all times. Round the clock surveillance.
Low cost technology has enabled us to collect any information, from anyone, from anywhere, 24 x 7, in real time – and to store that in massive databases. Most of us have no knowledge of what is being recorded about us. Corporations ostensibly will use the data to figure out how to sell us more stuff we probably do not need. Governments may use the data to control their populations activities or to automatically find suspects merely because their phone put them near a bad person at a bad time.
Apple reportedly dropped plans to encrypt all backup data from iPhones, leaving open a vulnerability – likely small – to access private data.