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

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

By Bruce Schneier

  • Release Date: 2015-03-02
  • Genre: Computers
4 Score: 4 (From 20 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

You are under surveillance right now.

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 shows us exactly what we can do to reform our government surveillance programs and shake up surveillance-based business models, while also providing tips for you to protect your privacy every day. 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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Latest Impressions

  • Excellent Book

    5
    By KUJHKS
    A very apropos topic for the modern age. Thought provoking and informative - a great read !
  • A Most Important Books for Our Times

    5
    By Cross-Asia
    Very well written to help anyone to understand the growing problem of state and corpore surveillance in our informaiton age. Absolutely chilling if new laws are not enacted fast. Remember folks, digital data rarely goes away. Once it gets collected, your privacy is gone for whoever can get access to it. Not afraid of the NSA? How about China, etc? Read his Introduction (free with the Sample) to get a complete outline of the book and his main points. Seriously, a must-read book, for all members of society.