After Cambridge Analytica, Privacy Experts Get to Say ‘I Told You So’

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After Cambridge Analytica, Privacy Experts Get to Say ‘I Told You So’
“‘So what if my boss saw me doing a keg stand?’ But all of a sudden the ‘so what if’ becomes more serious
— ‘I get denied insurance or my information is used by a nation state actor to manipulate me.’”
“This one stuck because it was Trump, and we’re looking for someone to blame,” said Bruce Schneier, a cryptographer who runs the Schneier on Security blog
and wrote “Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World.” “If Hellmann’s mayonnaise did this, we’d be impressed
For many of the developers, this is the right time to push ahead with testing more privacy solutions, including more advanced advertising blockers, peer-to-peer browsers
that decentralize the internet, new encryption techniques, and data unions that let users pool their data and sell it themselves.
“This is the first blink of awakening of the world to a danger that’s been present for a long time, which is that we are exposed,” Mr. Searls said.
“This has kept the national attention for what, three or four weeks now?” said Allie Bohm, policy
counsel at Public Knowledge, a nonprofit in Washington that works to promote an open internet.
“It really feels like, hey, we could get some stuff done.”
One of the reasons it has always been hard to get consumers interested in security and privacy is that the harms were vague and hard to understand.
On a whiteboard were the words “OUTRAGE” and “MAKE HAY” — capitalized, underlined
and surrounded by lines jutting in all directions like a cartoon “BOOM!”
For the first time in years, their field of expertise was front and center.


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