Notes from the Electronic Cottage 9/16/21: Data Brokers 1

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Most of us who use cell phones or computers or other electronic devices assume that we are being tracked and that our personal information is being used so that advertisers can better direct their ads at us. But our personal information in this digital world is being gathered and aggregated and used in lots of different ways as a recent report from the Duke Sanford Cyber Policy Program demonstrates. We bet most people will be surprised at the extent of the information data brokers gather about us and sell to anyone with the money to buy it. In today’s edition we quote from the report but the full report is worth a read and it’s available here

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.