06 February 2015

Data and Goliath; Bruce Schneier

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your WorldData and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by Bruce Schneier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A frighetning read, and deservedly so. Schneier's eye-opening look at exactly how insidious information harvesting is, and how little control we have over what is kept or how it is used, may not completely surprise readers but with luck it will create more of an interest in changing things. Perhaps there is more focus here on the NSA (and other intelligence agency) efforts - many exposed by the Snowdon revelations - because commercial entities (like Google and DoubleClick) are constantly evolving to get around apps like AdBlocker, making it more difficult for us to avoid tracking.

This is no "get offline, it's the only way you can be safe!" polemic, but a warning about the pervasiveness of the tracking of data and metadata and a call to citizen action.

ARC provided by publisher.

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