Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

“Bruce Schneier’s amazing book is the best overview of privacy and security ever written.”―Clay Shirky Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who’s with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you’re unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows

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“Bruce Schneier’s amazing book is the best overview of privacy and security ever written.”―Clay Shirky

Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who’s with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you’re unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you’re thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it.

The powers that surveil us do more than simply store this information. Corporations use surveillance to manipulate not only the news articles and advertisements we each see, but also the prices we’re offered. Governments use surveillance to discriminate, censor, chill free speech, and put people in danger worldwide. And both sides share this information with each other or, even worse, lose it to cybercriminals in huge data breaches.

Much of this is voluntary: we cooperate with corporate surveillance because it promises us convenience, and we submit to government surveillance because it promises us protection. The result is a mass surveillance society of our own making. But have we given up more than we’ve gained? In Data and Goliath, security expert Bruce Schneier offers another path, one that values both security and privacy. He brings his bestseller up-to-date with a new preface covering the latest developments, and then shows us exactly what we can do to reform government surveillance programs, shake up surveillance-based business models, and protect our individual privacy. You’ll never look at your phone, your computer, your credit cards, or even your car in the same way again.

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Comments

Former Rater says:

This is the 21st Century’s Silent Spring. Read it – in a bound copy if you can. While this book is clearly intended for the lay audience – it fills a badly needed niche – a clear and concise review of the present state of the public/private data collection practices where we’re all participants, willing or otherwise. 

CaseyVR6 says:

Great read, if a little unsettling Excellent writing. I wish there were a little more citing of sources, however I undestand why in many instances it would be hard. A lot of the book is speculative, and Schneier is very up-front about that. What is absolutely clear is that the average social media user, online shopper, and typical modern human being is for sale. More spcifically our information, but by proxy what we like and who we are. I’d love to see HUGE leaps in legislation and enormour financial consequences for those who…

Abhishek says:

A must read for all. technology users (that’s is all of us) It is rare to come across a book that inspects a problem from so many angles so completely and offers such detailed, prescriptive, and comprehensible solutions. This is one such book. Bruce provides detailed analysis on the emerging risks to privacy, the myth of security-privacy trade off, the self-serving commercial and political agendas, and what governments, corporations, and individuals can do to make it a better, safer, and more private world for all of us. He emphasizes the distinction…

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