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Data Privacy in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Author:

Cathal Greaney

Abstract

Ubiquitous information technologies such as smartphones enable the collection
of users every digital action and allow private enterprises to commoditize a
user’s data. This leads to asymmetries of power between the users who share
their digital actions and the corporations who can aggregate and analyse their
data for profit. The benefits enjoyed by the users act as a justification for the loss
of privacy resulting from this activity. In this article, I review the origins and core
concepts of the surveillance capital business model and its effect on privacy
and I discuss the potential dangers of an environment where a user’s every
digital action is recorded.

How to Cite: Greaney, C., 2020. Data Privacy in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism. iSCHANNEL, 14(1), pp.39–43.
Published on 06 Jan 2020.
Peer Reviewed

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