You can’t protect your privacy if you don’t know how it’s being violated. That’s the essence of a report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation that shines a bright disinfecting light on how corporations are collecting data on consumers. Think Facebook-like data collection on steroids and you begin to grasp the scope of the problem. “I think on mobile, we’re still in this Wild West Era where people don’t understand the kind of tracking that’s happening when they use apps on their phone,”Bennett Cyphers with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told Threatpost. “And there aren’t really a lot of ways to rein it in either, even if you do know what’s happening.” Threatpost caught up with Cyphers for a podcast (see below) to better understand his 17,300-word in-depth report “Behind the One-Way Mirror“. In his overview with Threatpost he discusses the “identifiers” behind data collection – the ways that companies identify consumers who they’re collecting the data from. Cyphers notes that consumers and regulators are struggling to understand who is collecting data, how that data is being shared and how it’s being stored. Identifiers, he said, are part of a new corporate surveillance state that includes mobile and physical tracking via “invisible pixel images, browser fingerprinting, social widgets, mobile tracking, and face recognition [that] companies employ to collect information about who we are, what we like, where we go, and who our friends are.” Unfortunately, according…
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