In detail: How we are all pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered 

9 Jun 2017 at 06:01, Thomas ClaburnThe data collection industry, fattened on info snippets gleaned from social media and mobile devices, affects people’s lives but operates without meaningful scrutiny.According to a lengthy report released on Thursday by Cracked Labs, a cultural advocacy group based in Vienna, Austria, “A data environment has emerged in which individuals are constantly surveyed and evaluated, categorized and grouped, rated and ranked, numbered and quantified, included or excluded, and, as a result, treated differently.”Astute readers may hear an echo of the words of Patrick McGoohan as No 6 in the TV series The Prisoner: “I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered! My life is my own!”Cracked Labs’ report, “Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life: How Companies Collect, Combine, Analyze, Trade, and Use Personal Data on Billions,” explores the data gathering ecosystem in an effort to illuminate how companies collect information on consumers and how they use that information.

Source: In detail: How we are all pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered – by online biz all day • The Register

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