A Concord resident and UNH law school professor has written a book called “Sharenthood” that I assumed would mostly be a screed telling parents not to put so much stuff on Facebook about their kids. It covers that, but a lot more, as I mention in my story in the Monitor:
“The term ‘sharenting’ – I think it’s being used too often in too limited a way,” she said in a recent interview. “It’s just the tip of the iceberg, what parents do on social media. And that kind of discussion may hide the global problem we have. Having the A.I. assistant, smart home, tracking or surveillance device actively or passively picking up family data, including kids data. … And that data is out there, with data brokers and other commercial providers trading it, largely unregulated. There is a gold rush for data in the private sector, but we have very little ability to get transparency about how it’s being collected and being used.”
Yes, it’s something else to be alarmed about in today’s world … sigh …
Not only is personal date sharing by corporations unregulated, it is also buggy and full of security holes. This from Fortune today (direct quote).
Some “Amazon’s Choice” security cameras come with dreadful security flaws, a new study by the British consumer advocacy group Which? has noted. The organization accuses Amazon of having “no quality control” when awarding off-brand manufacturers the seal of approval. Amazon did not answer a question about how it chooses the security cameras that become labeled as “Amazon’s Choice.” Fortune
… and, I read an interesting comment in a review of the latest Snowden book that claimed if Facebook and these other data collection corporations where not public companies, they’d be classified as spy agencies and procecuted!