Monday, September 28, 2015

Karen recommends "Data and Goliath"

Data and Goliath : the hidden battles to collect your data and control your world

"Data and Goliath" by privacy champion and security expert Bruce Schneier, who exposes the surveillance society created by the convenience of modern technology. Cell phone users give implied consent to their carrier to track them, wherever they go, how fast they drive, etc.  This data can then be used to predict where they will be in the next 24 hours. Data and metadata, which is data about data, are both used for intelligence and surveillance.   Author, Bruce Schneier, offers solutions which do not sacrifice privacy in favor of security.  "Data is the pollution problem of the information age, and protecting privacy is the environmental challenge."  Schneier recognizes that both government and business rely on the stream of data created by the digital age, and offers tips to protect privacy.  As a bonus, Schneier provides over 100 pages of annotated notes for further reading.