There are up to 4,000 data broker companies — some of the biggest are publicly traded — and together, they have detailed information on just about every adult in the western world.
What Surveillance Valley Knows About You
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January 3, 2014

Via Pando Daily:

“In 2012, the data broker industry generated 150 billion in revenue that’s twice the size of the entire intelligence budget of the United States government—all generated by the effort to detail and sell information about our private lives.”

Senator Jay Rockefeller IV

“Quite simply, in the digital age, data-driven marketing has become the fuel on which America’s free market engine runs.”

Direct Marketing Association

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Google is very secretive about the exact nature of its for-profit intel operation and how it uses the petabytes of data it collects on us every single day for financial ...

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