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Welcome to a world where your privacy is being sold for billions

  • A new Crikey series, edited by technology writer Stilgherrian.

Before she’s even awake, Susan is under surveillance.

Her sleep tracker recorded a restless night, the third in a row. In a database, somewhere, she’s flagged as being stressed.

Quan 1aWhile she’s reading the news over breakfast, in an automated process that takes milliseconds, an advertiser exploits that knowledge to serve her with an ad for a meditation app.

Susan downloads the app.

When she starts meditating, both the time she begins, and…

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