It's Not Just the NSA. Global Corporations Track You, Too.
Much of the NSA's data collection efforts simply work to skim private information from the vast consumer caches held by corporations like Facebook, Google, and Amazon.
What's the Latest Development?
While the National Security Agency has received a great deal of attention lately for violating the privacy rights of American citizens, much of its collections efforts simply skim data from private corporations like Facebook, Google, and Amazon. In fact, private data tracking has become an enormous fly-by-night industry. "The profiles are so detailed that...companies can buy lists of people with specific characteristics: millionaires in the United States, people with poor credit histories, or even adults with a condition diagnosed as Alzheimer's, says Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst with the privacy and technology project at the American Civil Liberties Union."
What's the Big Idea?
Privacy advocates object that too much of the current burden to protect privacy rights falls on the consumer, and with too few laws regulating data sharing with third parties, there is "very little people can do in the digital world to protect their communications," said Ashkan Soltani, an independent researcher who has advised the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on privacy issues. "What's most troubling to privacy advocates – in an eerie parallel with the NSA spying programs – is the sheer volume of information companies are gathering. The masses of data work for their own profit – not consumers' benefit, privacy advocates say."
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These modern-day hermits can sometimes spend decades without ever leaving their apartments.
- A hikikomori is a type of person in Japan who locks themselves away in their bedrooms, sometimes for years.
- This is a relatively new phenomenon in Japan, likely due to rigid social customs and high expectations for academic and business success.
- Many believe hikikomori to be a result of how Japan interprets and handles mental health issues.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
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