UW Privacy Office

December 20, 2019

Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy

Source: New York Times, December 19, 2019

Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy (also entitled One Nation, Tracked: An Investigation into the Smartphone Tracking Industry from Time Opinion) (online access also available via UW Libraries with UWNetID)

We are living in the world’s most advanced surveillance system. This system wasn’t created deliberately. It was built through the interplay of technological advance and the profit motive. It was built to make money. The greatest trick technology companies ever played was persuading society to surveil itself.