Amazon prepared to pay $10 (in credit) to read your palm – gather your biometrics

Prepare to purchase goods with a wave of your hand at Amazon’s checkout-free stores! Now, palm-scanning hardware makes it easy for Amazon to capture every detail of your hand and then let a simple palm-signature swoosh buy goods, while helpfully providing data about your shopping history. You can also look forward to receiving targeted ads, offers & recommendations…like it or not.

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Google fires employees for data misuse; Facebook misuses privacy decree to shut down ad research

August 10, 2021

Leaked documents have revealed that Google fired dozens of employees between 2018 and 2020 for company data misuse, including leaking, stealing, or abusing data of users or other employees. Facebook, meanwhile, has been called out by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for making misleading claims on why it cut off the accounts of ad researchers from New York University who were studying political ad use on the platform. Read More – Google Read More – Facebook

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Two-Thirds of C-Suite Can’t Recognize Bad Data: Fivetran Report

December 6, 2021

Like the determined optimist who tells his boss the factory is on fire by reporting they’ll soon be able to update their equipment, let’s find some silver linings in a batch of gloomy surveys today, Dear Reader.  We’ll start with this Fivetran report, which finds that 85% of data leaders say their company has lost money by basing decisions on bad data, and 66% believe their C-suite can’t tell when that happens.  The bright side is there’s lots of room for improvement.

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