What They Know, Part II

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Over the summer, Pulitzer Prize-winning technology journalist Julia Angwin told us about the various tracking technologies that companies secretly install on websites in order to monitor user behavior. Only six months later, these technologies have migrated outside of our hard drives and into our televisions. Today, Julia joins us along with Wall Street Journal Deputy Bureau Chief for Media and Marketing Jessica Vascellaro to discuss the newest monitoring technologies that are currently being installed in televisions. They'll also discuss the latest articles in the series: from technologies that monitor which apps you use on your cell phone to the Web's latest commodity: privacy


Julia Angwin and Jessica Vascellaro

Comments [14]

BeatTheChip from Redwood City, CA

Thanks for discussing the public-private markets for data surveillance and the digital dossier!! I hope you go on tour and tell the whole world what's happening!

Mar. 09 2011 07:16 PM
h l from ny

@ jgarbuz
really? that's your answer? ha.

Mar. 09 2011 02:06 PM

To HI from NY

Why are there so many references to Jewish subjects, such as Hebrew National? BEcause JEWS HELPED BUILD AMERICA and particularly New York, while some Muslims have tried to tear it down! DO you see the difference? When Muslims have dones as much FOR AMERICA as Jews have done over the last 350 years, then we can have more heartfelt Islamic references, Okay?

Mar. 09 2011 01:56 PM

Why is it only Big Brother that is watching? Wny not Big Sister? Or Big Mother? Such anti-male sexism! :)

Mar. 09 2011 01:53 PM

Why is it only Big Brother that is watching? Wny not Big Sister? Or Big Mother? Such anti-male sexism! :)

Mar. 09 2011 01:52 PM
h l from ny

OMG hebrew national??? lenny? why do you guys push jewish/israeli stuff all the time???

Mar. 09 2011 01:51 PM
Henry from Woodside

What is privacy? There are many definitions for it. Jaron Lanier, the man attributed as the father of virtual reality, has said that some see it as the right to be left alone, while others think of privacy as the right to be anonymous.

Mar. 09 2011 01:51 PM
Mike from Manhattan

I've heard in the abortion (women's basic rights) debate, that there is no "right to privacy" in the Constitution. Is this same argument being used in the discussion of tracking people's online/tv/cellphone behavior?

Mar. 09 2011 01:44 PM
Catherine from White Plains, NY

What is the real cost of all these services (cable, phone apps, TiVo, etc) if users' information is then sold and mined in multiple ways? Shouldn't users be the ones being paid instead of the reverse?

Mar. 09 2011 01:44 PM

I knew someone who worked for a large company. He got a letter from corporate hq telling him how much money he should contribute to politicians. The letter recommended Republicans, since they are less worried about privacy.....

Mar. 09 2011 01:41 PM
Irina from NYC

Is it possible to influence what products the companies actually make because of their tracking my searches? For instance, if I'm interested in alternative medicine and organic products, and if enough people are looking for similar things, will these products become more mainstream/commercially available? This could possibly raise the general public's awareness of alternative products, no?

Mar. 09 2011 01:34 PM
Elizabeth Burke from NYC

How can they do this? It's similar to Facebook in that their customer's privacy is not a consideration. It's all about how many hands can get into my wallet, how they can sell my information to the highest bidder. It saddens me that this is the way of the future.

Mar. 09 2011 01:22 PM

Wow, this is pretty outrageous! And depressing. Experian tracks and rates your credit and then uses that information to sell you more stuff. What's wrong with that picture?

Mar. 09 2011 01:17 PM
Roman from Greenpoint

I've trained Hulu to show nothing but car commercials. Love it.

Mar. 09 2011 01:14 PM

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