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Remember When We Said The NSA’s And Internet Companies’ Data Collection Weren’t The Same Thing? Yeah, Never Mind

There's no longer a big difference between the NSA spying on you and apps that gather consumer information.
Remember When We Said The NSA’s And Internet Companies’ Data Collection Weren’t The Same Thing? Yeah, Never Mind

Via Pando Daily:

The Federal Trade Commission last week settled with Goldenshore Technologies, the company behind a popular flashlight app that secretly collected and shared user information with advertisers.

I previously wrote that the settlement serves as a reminder that government agencies aren’t the only ones secretly monitoring many Internet users. Still, I noted that “there is an obvious difference between the mass surveillance perpetuated by the NSA and other government agencies and a consumer app selling its users’ data to advertisers.” Now it seems that this might not always be true.

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