Inside your mobile phone and hidden behind your web browser are little known software products marketed by contractors to the government that can follow you around anywhere. No longer the wide-eyed fantasies of conspiracy theorists, these technologies are routinely installed in all of our data devices by companies that sell them to Washington for a profit.
It’s no secret that companies are consistently increasing the amount of intel they collect on Internet users in order to target ads effectively, but have you ever wondered what that information is valued at? One user, who’s been unashamedly hiding from advertisers by using blockers, has decided to calculate just how much money giving up his privacy could make him.
The world’s fifth-largest defense contractor has developed a surveillance program that predicts your behavior by tracking the movement of your smartphone and mining public data from sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.