What’s wrong with this picture: While the Internet has monetized personal data, consumers have been told their identity information has no value.
Ever wonder how advertisers see you as you surf the Web? Here are some examples of actual labels automatically affixed to Internet users:
> “Defund Police Persuadables”
> “Attitude: I generally get a raw deal out of life”
> “Money driven”
> “Affluent Ethnic Couples”
> “Heavy buyer of condoms”
> “Tech addict”
> “Menstrual cramps”
> “Elite Jewish urbanites”
What’s the harm?
As we spray #personalinformation across the interwebs, such invasive labels permanently brand us with indicators of interest to particular list buyers, be they proverbial sellers of white shirts or the sinister actuaries behind calculated insurance policies.
Click to read the referenced article: From “Heavy Purchasers” of Pregnancy Tests to the Depression-Prone: We Found 650,000 Ways Advertisers Label You — The Markup
Claudiu Popa is a book collector, author and the co-founder of the Knowledgeflow Foundation, a nonprofit organization that empowers communities to weaponize digital literacy and critical thinking against disinformation. He is also the CEO of Datarisk Canada, one of the first information security companies focused on the protection of intangible assets.