Privacy is going to be a complex battle ground between citizens one side and businesses, unscrupulous actors and the government. To start with businesses and data analyzers have access to intimate and deep historical data about us – things that we have ourselves long forgotten. We are still not fully aware of the impact and what they know. Even if you do not bother about details of your eating habits that you leave on your digital trail being known, you need to understand what these organisations are analyzing about you based on your data. Could your eating habit bread crumbs left on the digital universe quadruple your medical insurance? Or even worse – Can it be denied?
The New York Times is investing a lot of its resources in tracking Privacy for us (much like how The Guardian is invested in Climate Change) and this latest piece by Kashmir Hill on how you can get access to your secret consumer score (at least in the US) gives you ability to take action. The report on the author was 400 pages long and “It knew I used my Apple laptop to sign into Coinbase in January 2017 to change my password.”
Time to start taking a deeper look.
Where I learnt this #312
I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score. Now You Can Get Yours, Too.