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Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You

Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You
June 13, 2014: This story has been updated. It was originally published on March 7, 2013. We've spent a lot of time this past year trying to understand how the National Security Agency gathers and stores information about ordinary people. But there's also a thriving public marketfor data on individual Americans—especially data about the things we buy and might want to buy. Consumer data companies are scooping up huge amounts of consumer information about people around the world and selling it, providing marketers details about whether you're pregnant or divorced or trying to lose weight, about how rich you are and what kinds of cars you drive. The Federal Trade Commission is pushing the companies to give consumers more information and control over what happens to their data. It's very hard to tell who is collecting or sharing your data—or what kinds of information companies are collecting. Here's a look at what we know—and what we don't—about the consumer data industry. Actually, they do.

Dollars for Docs: The Top Earners Most of these in-demand speakers hail from a just handful of states: four each from New York and Texas, and two each from California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Half are psychiatrists, including three of the top four earners. The most commonly represented drug companies are Merck and Pfizer — 15 of the 22 doctors speak or consult for each of them. Amounts listed below are for speaking and consulting only; compensation for travel, meals, research and other categories is excluded. Jon Draud [6] Location: Nashville, Tenn. Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Medical School: University of Kentucky, Class of 1990 Amount: $1,009,213 Companies: AstraZeneca, Cephalon, Eli Lilly, Forest, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer Gerald Sacks [9] Location: Santa Monica, Calif. Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology Medical School: University of Massachusetts, Class of 1983 Amount: $730,400 Companies: Cephalon, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, Pfizer Gustavo Alva [18]

to Study Data Broker Industry’s Collection and Use of Consumer Data The Federal Trade Commission issued orders requiring nine data brokerage companies to provide the agency with information about how they collect and use data about consumers. The agency will use the information to study privacy practices in the data broker industry. Data brokers are companies that collect personal information about consumers from a variety of public and non-public sources and resell the information to other companies. In many ways, these data flows benefit consumers and the economy; for example, having this information about consumers enables companies to prevent fraud. Data brokers also provide data to enable their customers to better market their products and services. The nine data brokers receiving orders from the FTC are: 1) Acxiom, 2) Corelogic, 3) Datalogix, 4) eBureau, 5) ID Analytics, 6) Intelius, 7) Peekyou, 8) Rapleaf, and 9) Recorded Future. The Commission vote to approve issuing the orders was 5-0. (FTC File No.

Creepy "Ratters" Spying on Women Through Their Webcams and Stealing Sexy Photos March 11, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Ars Technica reported this weekend on how hackers have been spying on women through their webcams using RATs (remote administration tools). The online community of RAT operators, “ratters,” Ars Technica notes, is almost exclusively male. RAT technology is not new, but has become vastly more sophisticated and undetectable by victims. Building an army of slaves isn’t particularly complicated; ratters simply need to trick their targets into running a file. Of course, locating the ethical dilemma in the RAT tools would be to miss the point — the same technology is used to trace stolen laptops, and has the potential to be used to monitor corporate and institutional malfeasance. Stemming the proliferation of RAT tools is an impossibility — there are too many and “source code is in the wild.”

Data Brokers Defense in Steubenville Rape Case Argues Girl 'Didn't Affirmatively Say No' March 12, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. The trial of two teenagers charged with raping a girl in Steubenville, Ohio is set to begin tomorrow, and the number one issue the case will hinge on is consent, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The media outlet reports that the judge won’t consider whether the football players accused of the rape got preferential treatment, or whether more people should be charged. The case concerns the alleged rape of a teenage girl in the Ohio town that reportedly occurred in late August. Prosecutors say the girl was also penetrated digitally, which is an offense under Ohio law. The key question is whether the girl had drank enough to "substantially impair" her ability to consent, and whether the accused knew she was that impaired. The defense, though, is saying that the girl voluntarily drank and willingly left with the boys. The Steubenville case has caught national attention.

Distributions and Commercial Support The following companies provide products that include Apache Hadoop, a derivative work thereof, commercial support, and/or tools and utilities related to Hadoop. Please see Defining Hadoop to see the Apache Hadoop's project's copyright, naming, trademark and compatibility policies. This listing is provided as a reference only. The sole products that can be called a release of Apache Hadoop come from The Apache Software Foundation strongly encourages users of Hadoop -in any form- to get involved in the Apache-hosted mailing lists. The Hadoop developers would like you to be aware that filing JIRA issues is not a way to get support to get your Hadoop installation up and running. Entries are listed alphabetically by company name.

National Week of Action: Youth-Led Immigrant Rights Movement Fights for '11 Million Dreams' Photo Credit: Rodrick Beiler March 7, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Imagine wearing an ankle shackle that barked commands. These are just some of the consequences of being undocumented in the United States that usually only become unveiled through storytelling. The publication is divided into two halves. Tran and Felix played a fundamental role in kickstarting the youth-led immigrant rights movement, which was key in ultimately pushing the federal DREAM Act through the U.S. “It was hard to fight for a position at the table because people tend to look at youth and not think they have a valid perspective, or a valid voice, or a valid story to share. Obama, in his State of the Union address, emphasized comprehensive immigration reform, and his "Gang of Eight" are currently drafting a bipartisan plan. “We don’t have as many language barriers as our parents often do.

Bad Cop: 7 Cities Where Shocking Police Abuses Cost Taxpayers Millions Photo Credit: Like this article? Join our email list: When it comes to interactions between regular citizens and police on the street, the police hold all the cards. It's worth mentioning that lawsuits against the police rarely result in million-dollar payouts for victims, are difficult to win, and represent only a fairly small slice of total reports of police misconduct. This list doesn't include every example of police misconduct or every study about how much it costs, but below are some recent instances of reports that detail just how much money police misconduct costs taxpayers. Lieutenant Jon Burge is in many ways the posterchild for police brutality. As the Chicago Reader reported in 2003, charges against Burge and his crew included “electric shock, suffocation, burnings, attacks on the genitals, severe beating, and mock executions.” Top Chicago officials have allowed (or created) a culture of impunity for officers.

Chomsky: The Corporate Assault on Public Education March 8, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. The following is Part II of the transcript of a speech Noam Chomsky delivered in February on "The Common Good." Let’s turn to the assault on education, one element of the general elite reaction to the civilizing effect of the ‘60s. Let's start with the Powell memorandum. Powell identifies the leading criminals who are destroying the American free-enterprise system: one was Ralph Nader, with his consumer safety campaigns. Powell drew the obvious conclusion: “The campuses from which much of this criticism emanates are supported by tax funds generated largely from American business, contributions from capital funds controlled or generated by American business. More revealing is the reaction from the opposite extreme, the liberal internationalists, those who staffed the Carter administration, in their study called "The Crisis of Democracy."

“Pedophilia Ring” in Evangelical Church? Ministry Accused of Ignoring Sexual Abuse March 12, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. The following piece first appeared on Religion Dispatches. I was not surprised when Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM), the church group I grew up in as a teen and young adult, was served with a lawsuit this past October, alleging clergy cover-ups of sexual abuse. Sadly, I was even less surprised when the suit was amended in January to include Covenant Life Church (CLC), the congregation I had attended for nine years, and to add new charges of physical and sexual abuse by pastors, as well as allegations of abuse on church property. Sovereign Grace is a U.S. Five years after its founding, in 1982, the church launched what would become its overarching ministry, Sovereign Grace, originally called “People of Destiny International.” Alongside these powerful partnerships has come strife.

10 Worst People on Forbes 2013 Billionaires List Photo Credit: Graphic by Rachel Dooley. Copyright In These Times magazine. All rights reserved. March 12, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. It will hardly come as a surprise that the rich got richer in 2013. The Forbes list of billionaires is brimming over with oligarchs, monopolists, thugs, miscreants, and hustlers. Putting together a list of the worst individuals in this group is a daunting task: How to choose, for example, between telecom monopolists? While not comprehensive, here, in no particular order, are some of the biggest creeps on the 2013 roster. 1. Where to begin? 2. Murdoch, the Australian media tycoon, has dedicated himself to coarsening the public sphere through the misinformation, intolerance, and contempt of ordinary people promoted through his News Corp. 3. If there is a hell for those who hate working people, Australian mining mogul Gina Rinehart occupies the innermost circle, right there in Satan’s maw.

11 Most Absurd Lies Conservatives Are Using to Brainwash America's School Kids March 11, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. If recent elections have taught us anything, it’s that young Americans have taken a decided turn to the left. Now Republicans have a plan to try to recapture the youngest voters out there: Take over the curriculum in public schools, replace education with a bunch of conservative propaganda, and reap the benefits of having a new generation that can’t tell reality from right-wing fantasy. How well this plan will work is debatable, but in the meantime, these shenanigans present the very real possibility that public school students will graduate without a proper education. Lie #1: Racism has barely been an issue in U.S. history and slavery wasn’t that big a deal. The Thomas B. Lie #2: Joe McCarthy was right. The red-baiting of the mid-20th century has gone down in history, correctly, as a witch hunt that stemmed from irrational paranoia that gripped the U.S. after WWII.

Doctors Paid Millions to Shill for Big Pharma But the Nashville psychiatrist is also notable for a professional pursuit: During the last four years, the 47-year-old Draud has earned more than $1 millionfor delivering promotional talks and consulting for seven drug companies. By a wide margin, Draud’s earnings make him the best-paid speaker in ProPublica’s Dollars for Docs database, which has been updated to include more than $2 billion in payments from 15 drugmakers for promotional speaking, research, consulting, travel, meals and related expenses from 2009 to 2012. Payouts to hundreds of thousands physicians are now included. Draud is not the only high earner: 21 other doctors have made more than $500,000 since 2009 giving talks and consulting for drugmakers, the database shows. “It boggles my mind,” said Dr. Paid speaking “is perfectly legal, and if people want to work for drug companies, this is America,” said Scully, whose specialty has often been criticized for its over-reliance on medications.