Let Freedom Ring: State Governments That Want to Track You by Your Smartphone — Activist Post – April 27, 2020

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By B.N. Frank

The pandemic is a gift that keeps on giving to Big Tech companies and other businesses already benefiting from “Surveillance Capitalism.”  Some state governments now want to implement “contact tracing” apps on smartphones.  Other countries are already doing this.  They say it’s all about protecting us and our loved ones from getting sick.  They’re also hiring people to call the infected and ask them about where they’ve been and who’ve they’ve been with.  Creeped out yet? →

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Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds — Activist Post – January 14, 2020

By Christoph Schmon

(Activist Post)  A new year often starts with good resolutions. Some resolve to change a certain habit, others resolve to abandon an undesired trait. Mobile app makers, too, claim to have user behavior and their preferences at their heart. From dating to health to music, their promise is to add convenience to consumers’ lives or to offer support when needed. The bad news is that the ecosystem of the underlying ad tech industry has not changed and still does not respect user privacy. A new report published today by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) looks at the hidden side of the data economy and its findings are alarming. →

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