Is Buying A Stock Coincidentally Before An Acquisition Insider …

On Saturday, July 16, 2014 I played in a tennis tournament with a partner that worked at Trulia, an online real estate company. He just got his job and was explaining to me how the company makes money through its ad placements for Realtors. If you’ve ever wondered why companies like Trulia and Zillow have done nothing to lower selling commission […]

This Is Not Your Father's Stock Market – Foreign Policy

The head of the British electronic spy agency GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, created a minor flap last week in an article he wrote for the Financial Times. In effect, Hannigan argued that more robust encryption procedures by private Internet companies were unwittingly aiding terrorists such as the Islamic State (IS) or al Qaeda, by making it harder for organizations like the […]

Big Data brings Internet paranoia to the pop charts | The Music Mix …

“It’s totally creepy,” Big Data mastermind Alan Wilkis says, “the idea of being able to stalk people on Facebook and Twitter and whatever, and kind of learn more about strangers than you should be able to know and how easy that is. You can wind up on a total stranger’s page and then you’re looking at photos of their wedding […]

With #ReclaimYourName, FTC Looks to Reel In Big Data Behaving …

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi wasn’t the only high-powered woman to make waves at the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival last week. One year post-Snowden and his NSA revelations, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill said in a chat that the “state of privacy is improving.”Brill said that awareness of consumers, the public and media has grown on both the government and commercial sides. […]

We're all being mined for data – but who are the real winners …

It’s exactly a year since Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA and GCHQ surveillance began to reach the public domain. As a result, we now know quite a lot about the ways the NSA and its overseas franchises have mastered “big data” technology to hoover up our metadata and monitor our clickstreams (which means, by the way, that there’s no such […]

FTC Says Data Brokers Need To Make Their Information Trove …

Big data and the growth of services that help us make sense of it are some of the more fascinating developments of our connected world, but in some cases they can be also some of the more scary, with companies collecting billions of data points that speak to every aspect of what we do online. Today, a report published by the Federal Trade Commission […]

City of Big Data promotes data benefits, ignores privacy concerns

Chicago: City of Big Data is an exhibition being presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation from now until the end of the year. The title City of Big Data is a play on the moniker bestowed on Chicago by Carl Sandburg, “City of Big Shoulders.” The exhibition focuses on how the City of Chicago uses massive collections of digital information […]

Who watches the watchers? Big Data goes unchecked – Josh …

The National Security Agency might be tracking your phone calls. But private industry is prying far more deeply into your life.Commercial data brokers know if you have diabetes. Your electric company can see what time you come home at night. And tracking companies can tell where you go on weekends by snapping photos of your car’s license plate and cataloging […]

Summary of White House Big Data Privacy Report: 'Give Feds More …

Credit: JD Hancock / photo on flickrIn January, the Obama
administration put together a “working group” to analyze how huge
swaths of Americans’ data are being gathered and stored and what
sort of privacy issues need to be addressed. The group’s report was
just released this week.Before you ask: No, it’s not about the National Security Agency
(NSA) sweeping up huge amounts of metadata from […]