Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The creepy way a company is stalking you online to recruit you for research studies


Check out this disturbing investigation by Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu for Gizmodo:

It’s the online privacy nightmare come true: a company you’ve never heard of scraping up your data trails and online bread crumbs in order to mine some of the most sensitive information about you. Acurian may try to justify the intrusion by saying it’s in the public interest to develop new drugs to treat illnesses. But tell that to the person shocked to get a letter in the mail about their irritable bowels.

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