[LAU] Linkedin - Out

Louigi Verona louigi.verona at gmail.com
Wed Jun 15 19:37:36 UTC 2016

Okay, I will investigate the links you provided, they look interesting. I
certainly will not go against the facts and try to change my opinion when
presented with new evidence.

On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 9:17 PM, Fons Adriaensen <fons at linuxaudio.org>

> On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 02:23:09PM +0200, Louigi Verona wrote:
> > I am working in the adtech industry and can say as a fact that all data
> is
> > anonymous. Anonymity is very seriously enforced throughout the industry
> > and, additionally, lack of such anonymity will be seen very quickly by
> huge
> > amounts of engineers working with user databases.
> The advertising industry doesn't just want to know that there
> are 100.000 people interested in some product, and which traits
> these people have in common. They want to serve each of them
> targeted ads. You are are right that for that they don't need
> to identify people by name, but that's besides the point.
> Privacy is much more than not being identified. It also means
> that others are not able to exploit knowledge about you that
> has not been given explicitly for some particular purpose.
> Practice shows (in particular in the US) that when the possibility
> to exploit such knowledge exists, it will be used. Today you can
> be refused a job because Amazon and/or Google know what you are
> reading and has sold this info to some employment screening agency.
> Apart from that, it's quite easy to identify people by combining
> 'anonynous' data. See some of the references below.
> <http://techscience.org/a/2015103001/download.pdf>
> <http://www.pnas.org/content/113/20/5536.full.pdf>
> <http://www.autosec.org/pubs/fingerprint.pdf>
> <https://www.schneier.com/books/data_and_goliath/>
> <https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2016/05/google_moving_f.html>
> Bruce Schneier is regarded as one of the most authoritative
> experts on security and privacy related matters. All the
> links above are from his blog. You can question my or other
> poster's knowledge, but probbaly not his.
> Ciao,
> --
> FA
> A world of exhaustive, reliable metadata would be an utopia.
> It's also a pipe-dream, founded on self-delusion, nerd hubris
> and hysterically inflated market opportunities. (Cory Doctorow)
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Louigi Verona
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