Big Data, Bigger Business

Big Data, Bigger Business

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One problem with the practice of companies engaging in creepy behavior to collect data is that it’s never just one company, so it’s not enough just to identify the creeps and avoid them.

Smaller companies tend to imitate larger companies, hoping to achieve the same success. So, when small companies observe larger companies collecting data in creepy ways, they’ll follow suit. In this episode, I’ll talk about some of these creepy activities.

Highlights of today’s episode:

  • Why companies change their Terms of Service frequently
  • How AOL used to collect and sell data without permission
  • How Google collected data from their street view vans, then claimed that it was an accident
  • How the app Foursquare tracked users even when they weren’t using the app
  • How Uber tracked customers even after they finished their ride

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