The recent revelation of Facebook’s sale of its members’ personal data to the British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica for use by political campaigns is only the tip of a colossal iceberg that must be taken seriously by every user of modern technology, warns a veteran application developer who once was a senior executive for a wireless service provider.
“Nobody’s saying, ‘OK, why are we seeing all of these cyber security threats?’” said Rex Lee, owner of RML Business Consulting in San Antonio, Texas.
“We are not recognizing the big picture.”
Lee, whose discoveries have ended up in a Department of Homeland Security report and are now being analyzed by the staffs of two U.S. senators preparing to grill CEO Facebook Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, said what’s happening can be summed up in a business model some privacy activists are calling “surveillance capitalism.”
It amounts to the use of deceptive user agreements and practices that enable companies to exploit