Companies store a lot of data. You know this. Everyone knows this. But we are not always satisfied with the species of data that they store. We rightly get pretty light when we hear that our address, credit card number, questions about mental health or private conversations just hang out on an internet server where they can end up in the wrong hands – such as, for example, a company employee who collected them.
The newest example: motherboard is reporting that Snapchat employees have a special tool called SnapLion that can give them access to your location, phone numbers, email addresses, even your saved Snaps – and that some employees have really abused it to spy on users.
Companies usually collect this data to serve you (although they sometimes serve or sell advertisers in the shade to third parties), and have written down part of it (addresses, credit card numbers) long before the internet existed. You can't have something sent to your door without a company knowing where that door is.
But often companies do not emphasize the consequences of collecting and storing your data. Or the fact that – because we really don't know how carefully each particular company protects that data and because they can change their policies at any time – anyone hiring a company to communicate with this data could theoretically violate your privacy.
If it has been a while since you have considered these things, this post is for you. And don't be surprised if you see this post again in the future, the next time there is a Today I Learned about how the employees of a company are theoretically able to do nasty things with an internal database.
Last time we used this exact message:
April 24, 2019, when Bloomberg reported that a team of Amazon Alexa employees can technically find your home address if you use an Alexa speaker. Amazon uses the location to answer questions such as & # 39; Alexa, where is the nearest taco truck? & # 39;