Another month, another personal data leak revelation adding to our feeling lack of control over personal information. Reported by Wired Magazine in November 2019, a massive set of personal data was found exposed on a single server hosted on Google Cloud by an unknown party. It contained profiles of hundreds of millions of people that include home and cell phone numbers, associated social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Github, work histories seemingly scraped from LinkedIn, almost 50 million unique phone numbers, and 622 million unique email addresses. The server was shutdown immediately when the incident was reported to the FBI.
Make no mistake this was a hacker's dream come true: they get the information they need to do all sorts of bad things. They can use the personal data to impersonate you or hijack your accounts. You have names, phone numbers and direct web addresses to everything about many people. One source of the data is a company in San Francisco named People Data Labs and another in Wyoming named Oxydata, both aggregate and sell personal data. For example, Oxydata has four terabytes of personal data about 380 million consumers and employees. Once the owner of the found data set bought the data, it is "on their server and is their responsibility" per the two places where the data could be traced, PDL and Oxydata. The fact neither data broker could rule out the possibility that one of their customers mishandled their data speaks to the larger security and privacy issues inherent in the business of buying and selling data. There were more incidents and reports about this topic throughout 2019 right up to New Year's.
The results couldn't be any more clear: we're fed up and ready to start the whole internet over again. We want to own and control our personal data.
Serendipitous to this latest data leak, Pew Research released "Americans and Privacy: Concerned, Confused and Feeling Lack of Control Over Their Personal Information" on November 15, 2019. The results couldn't be any more clear: we're fed up and ready to start the whole internet over again. Here's a few key takeaways as majorities think their personal data is less secure now, that data collection poses more risks than benefits, and believe it is not possible to go through daily life without being tracked.
The report is the best and most extensive one made to date concerning how American's feel about their person-hood being collected and used for profit leading to massive wrong doing against them. You can read the entire report here. The truth about personal data collection is self-evident: personal data is our property and it's beyond misused. We need to declare online independence, take responsibility and host it ourselves with full control and intellectual property rights over it.
Together we can decentralize, regulate and de-fund large technology companies and their popular online services by taking ownership and control of these services and thus our personal data. From email and text messaging to where our smartphone photos reside, we have the power of Big Tech in the palm of our hand with EagleFire. We have more to reveal regarding what's going on behind your screens, while you shop and as you sleep. Stay tuned, sign up today and let's work together to revive our Constiutional Republic's liberties at home, online and at our local towns across America.
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