In an op-ed for The New York Times, Zeynep Tufekci explains how “data inference” technology is used to uncover information on even the most privacy-conscious online users. Due to the abundance of data on billions of other people on the internet, she points out that a user’s discretion is no longer enough to guarantee online privacy. Highlighting recent examples proving tech’s ability to ascertain user data from others, Tufekci suggests phones and devices should be designed to be more privacy-protected from the start and urges that legislation be introduced to address computational inference. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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