Monday, August 08, 2016

Spying's new frontier: private firm collects data on 'every American adult'

The fight for internet privacy has focused much of its attention on government surveillance, but mass data collection is done by private companies as well—and one such firm has "centralized and weaponized" all that information for its customers, Bloomberg reports on Friday.

In fact, it has already built a profile on "every American adult," Bloomberg writes.

While "professional snoops" have trawled through public and nonpublic records databases to amass information on people for more than a decade, Bloomberg's David Gauvey Herbert highlights the company that has turned it into a powerful new industry for private investigators, government agencies, debt collectors, and other customers:

For more than a decade, professional snoops have been able to search troves of public and nonpublic records—known addresses, DMV records, photographs of a person’s car—and condense them into comprehensive reports costing as little as $10.

[....] IDI, a year-old company in the so-called data-fusion business, is the first to centralize and weaponize all that information for its customers. The Boca Raton, Fla., company's database service, idiCORE, combines public records with purchasing, demographic, and behavioral data.

The company's CEO Derek Dubner told Herbert that IDI's profiles even extend to young adults who wouldn't be found in conventional databases. Full story...

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  2. Google says government requests for data hit record high...
  3. Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Internet has become 'world’s largest surveillance network'
  4. German government to use Trojan spyware to monitor citizens...
  5. The astonishing amount of data being collected about your children...
  6. “The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control.”

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