Do You Know Where Your Big Data Is?

Corporations are Constantly Gathering—and Selling—Your Personal Information, Says Adam Tanner. But You Don’t Have to Roll Over and Give it to Them.

Adam Tanner

The infamous East German secret police—the Stasi—have nothing on 21st century corporations when it comes to extracting personal information from individuals. Adam Tanner, author of What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data—Lifeblood of Big Business—and the End of Privacy as We Know It, knows this from personal experience. He told a crowd at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles that the Stasi had 10 agents following him at one point, trying to figure out what he was up to as he traveled around Germany asking suspicious questions before the fall …

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