The face of slavery is changing. In bygone days slaves were physically controlled with concrete walls, barbed wire and iron chains but today's corporate overlords control us with low credit scores that block our social mobility, economic inequality, and the selling of our private information to make money off of us without our consent. The slaves of yore had no privacy and now ours is vanishing quickly. Overall the effect is the same, the control and subjugation of the masses by the few in the top tier.
The nation state, such as Briton, France, and the USA, really does not exist anymore. Now it is trans-national companies calling the shots on the world stage. A nation now is really just a grouping of large and powerful companies. Think of the nation as a pyramid with the more powerful and wealthier companies nearer the top and the less fortunate but more plentiful companies relegated to the bottom rungs of this monolithic structure. Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, with their plethra of accountants, lawyers, and lobbyists, are now controlling the shots as we watch how congressional committees cower in the wake of their wealth.
Still, on a frequent basis, we see more and more reports such as this one below describing the enslavement of the average American who are tracked by their data and manipulated as a means of control. This control is just another form of slavery and isn't that what the former slave owners did to their property, they controlled it?
Now even the FBI is warning about your smart TV’s security
Tech Crunch,By Zack Whittaker, December 1, 2019 https://techcrunch.com/2019/12/01/fbi-s ... -security/
“Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home. A bad cyber actor may not be able to access your locked-down computer directly, but it is possible that your unsecured TV can give him or her an easy way in the backdoor through your router,” wrote the FBI.
The FBI warned that hackers can take control of your unsecured smart TV and in worst cases, take control of the camera and microphone to watch and listen in.
Active attacks and exploits against smart TVs are rare, but not unheard of. Because every smart TV comes with their manufacturer’s own software and are at the mercy of their often unreliable and irregular security patching schedule, some devices are more vulnerable than others. Earlier this year, hackers showed it was possible to hijack Google’s Chromecast streaming stick and broadcast random videos to thousands of victims.
In fact, some of the biggest exploits targeting smart TVs in recent years were developed by the Central Intelligence Agency, but were stolen. The files were later published online by WikiLeaks.
But as much as the FBI’s warning is responding to genuine fears, arguably one of the bigger issues that should cause as much if not greater concerns are how much tracking data is collected on smart TV owners.
The Washington Post earlier this year found that some of the most popular smart TV makers — including Samsung and LG — collect tons of information about what users are watching in order to help advertisers better target ads against their viewers and to suggest what to watch next, for example.
This type of enslavement is quite ubiquitous. It is every where we look or should I say it is everywhere they, the trans-national corporations, look at us.
Tech's invasion of our privacy made us more paranoid in 2018
By Alfred Ng, December 7, 2018 https://www.cnet.com/news/techs-invasio ... d-in-2018/
When taking a quiz on Facebook leads to an unknown analytics firm gathering information on you, your friends and your family, the uncomfortable truth starts to settle in: There's almost nothing you can do online without digital eyes following you.
Trackers have long been widespread across the internet, with advertisers and social networks collecting as much information on you as possible. Even when you create an account with almost no personal details on it, it doesn't take long for a company to relearn everything about you.
The only difference now is we're starting to open our eyes to all of it.
Suddenly, we're much more aware of how our data is being collected without our permission. Awareness has gone from an obscure band only a few friends knew about to the Grammy-winning tune you can't get out of your head -- it's everywhere. The number of consumer complaints over privacy issues sent to the Federal Trade Commission jumped by more than 14 percent to 8,000.
The majority of this lack of privacy, a euphemism for new age slavery, is because corporations want to make a profit off of your data.
Here’s how tech giants profit from invading our privacy, and how we can start taking it back
August 11, 2019, Author Katherine Kemp https://theconversation.com/heres-how-t ... ack-120078
consumers have growing concerns about the often invisible ways companies track us and disclose our information to third parties. At the same time, many consumers find privacy policies almost impossible to understand and feel they have no choice but to accept.
My latest research paper details how companies that trade in our personal data have incentives to conceal their true practices, so they can use vast quantities of data about us for profit without pushback from consumers. This can preserve companies’ market power, cause harm to consumers, and make it harder for other companies to compete on improved privacy.
The ACCC report points out that privacy policies tend to be long, complex, hard to navigate, and often create obstacles to opting out of intrusive practices. Many of them are not informing consumers about what actually happens to their information or providing real choices.
Many consumers are unaware, for example, that Facebook can track their activity online when they are logged out, or even if they are not a Facebook user.
Read more: Shadow profiles - Facebook knows about you, even if you're not on Facebook
Some privacy policies are outright misleading. Last month, the US Federal Trade Commission settled with Facebook on a US$5 billion fine as a penalty for repeatedly misleading users about the fact that personal information could be accessed by third-party apps without the user’s consent, if a user’s Facebook “friend” gave consent.
Nothing to hide…?
Consumers generally have very little idea about what information about them is actually collected online or disclosed to other companies, and how that can work to their disadvantage.
A recent report by the Consumer Policy Research Centre explained how companies most of us have never heard of – data aggregators, data brokers, data analysts, and so on – are trading in our personal information. These companies often collect thousands of data points on individuals from various companies we deal with, and use them to provide information about us to companies and political parties.
Data companies have sorted consumers into lists on the basis of sensitive details about their lifestyles, personal politics and even medical conditions, as revealed by reports by the ACCC and the US Federal Trade Commission. Say you’re a keen jogger, worried about your cholesterol, with broadly progressive political views and a particular interest in climate change – data companies know all this about you and much more besides.
So what, you might ask. If you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to lose, right? Not so. The more our personal information is collected, stored and disclosed to new parties, the more our risk of harm increases.
Potential harms include fraud and identity theft (suffered by 1 in 10 Australians); being charged higher retail prices, insurance premiums or interest rates on the basis of our online behaviour; and having our information combined with information from other sources to reveal intimate details about our health, financial status, relationships, political views, and even sexual activity.