Adtech Surveillance and Government Surveillance are Often the Same Surveillance - Or why it is important to understand how our data are handled and what is at stake beyond custom advertising.
“The boundaries between corporate surveillance and government surveillance are eroding. Unless your data is fully encrypted or stored locally by you, the government often can get it from a communications or computing company. Traditionally, that required a court order. But increasingly, the government just buys it from data brokers who bought it from the adtech industry […]. With the click of a mouse, police can use such surveillance tools to see the devices of people who attended a protest, follow them home to where they sleep, and target them for more surveillance, harassment, and retribution.”