Equifax: The Hazards of Dragnet Surveillance Capitalism Part 2: Just Another Data Breach? Or C-Suite Criminal Negligence?

Equifax2The reckless handling of data collected in capitalistic dragnet surveillance has developed into a national security and privacy epidemic.  The Equifax breach should epitomize the consequences of negligent data brokerage and serve as a wake-up call to similar organizations who profit from dragnet surveillance and the employment of psychographic and demographic Big Data algorithms.

In this analysis, entitled “Equifax: The Hazards of Dragnet Surveillance Capitalism Part 2: Just Another Data Breach? Or C-Suite Criminal Negligence?”, ICIT explores how rampant disregard for cybersecurity and cyber-hygienic best practices in favor of profits is jeopardizing national security and consumer safety.  Specifically, the report offers analysis on:

  • The history of the Equifax breach
  • The dangers of treating consumer data as a commodity
  • How consumer data can be exploited
  • Accountability on the part of Equifax and its executives
  • How public outcry can reverse the system
  • How legislators can rein in negligent data brokers

This paper was authored by James Scott, Sr. Fellow, ICIT

Download: http://icitech.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/ICIT-Analysis-Equifax-The-Hazards-of-Dragnet-Surveillance-Capitalism.pdf

 

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