Technology

Mar 28, 2018

It isn’t just greedy corporations using and abusing your private data

Businesses, charities, advocacy groups and activists are far from innocent in this system.

Timothy Singleton Norton and David Paris

Chair, Digital Rights Watch / Board member, Digital Rights Watch

The Cambridge Analytica revelations have spawned outrage across the world, as well they should. The mass manipulation of millions of individual Facebook users, psychometric profiling to reveal potential pressure points, micro-targeted advertising and black-ops electoral interference are certainly something worthy of the headlines.

As the full impact of this washes over the US, other countries are also questioning the level to which a data-mining startup has sought to influence their own democratic independence. Australian citizens are understandably asking whether they have been targeted through manipulative techniques.

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