Review of Privacy is Power by Carissa Velez

In Privacy is Power, Carissa Veliz does a great job of outlining the dangers of the modern digital world for privacy. She describes technology companies as “data vultures” who have little respect for individual privacy and a business model based on monetizing whatever they can learn about individual behaviour.

She describes the history of how we have got to where we are and the potential future for privacy as technology companies scoop up increasing amounts of data. She believes that privacy gives individuals power and that without that power we risk a toxic and dangerous environment.

The close of the book describes what we can do as individuals and how we can “pull the plug” on technology companies. This is a timely and important reminder of how much we risk by casually giving away so much data and power.

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