When your TV Starts Watching You, It’s Time to Demand Greater Privacy

From an editorial in the Chicago Sun-Times:

New assaults on privacy pop up every day. For example, Verizon-owned Oath, the owner of AOL and Yahoo!, is telling users who wade through the legalese that it is giving itself permission to snoop through and store their emails, instant messages, posts, photos and message attachments and share that data, including personal banking information.

If there’s a data breach at Oath, hackers could wind up with a gold mine.

Oath also says if you don’t like how it uses your data, you can’t sue but must instead go to arbitration, where the cards typically are stacked against you.

But that’s not all:

As reported in the New York Times on Thursday, new companies have sprung up to keep tabs on what people watch on their smart TVs and connected devices, including whether they watch conservative or liberal programming and which political party debates they view. Advertisers then can pay to place ads on those TVs and devices.

One company, Samba, says it has collected viewing records from 13.5 million smart TVs in America.

And there’s more at: https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/online-privacy-internet-security-yahoo-aol-verizon/.

 

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