People are finally worrying about online privacy—and tech firms are already cashing in

Leo Mirani, Quartz, Mar 06, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've been posting more privacy-related items recently because, like the author of this piece, I think it's rising in importance. "The lure of customer data and opportunities to exploit it is a strong one. Indeed, invading privacy has been baked into the very business model of the web in our present era." The current response by providers (like AT&T and Google) is to charge premium prices to avoid being tracked and hounded by advertisers. But of course, that still lets everyone else track you and hound you.

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