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New service from Firefox called Monitor helps you find out if your account has been hacked #security #hacking #password

New service from Firefox called Monitor helps you find out if your account has been hacked #security #hacking #password | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Have your accounts been leaked or stolen in a data breach? Find out at Firefox Monitor. Search our database and sign up for alerts.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this new service will help you determine if your account has been hacked and watch for it. This is a new twist on a service I discussed before http://fmcs.digital/?s=pwned but that remains more valuable than ever today.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this new service will help you determine if your account has been hacked and watch for it. This is a new twist on a service I discussed before http://fmcs.digital/?s=pwned but that remains more valuable than ever today.

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How We All Can Fight Misinformation- @HBR creates a series called "reality wars" on a much needed topic that is hard to fight for: truth on the Internet

How We All Can Fight Misinformation- @HBR creates a series called "reality wars" on a much needed topic that is hard to fight for: truth on the Internet | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

False news spreads online faster, farther, and deeper than truth does — but it can be contained. Here’s how.

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WHY IT MATTERS: trust on the Internet is difficult to get. Harvard Business Review raises concerns and provides possible solutions in this special series. Much needed, the solutions do not however appear very easy to implement. Tough times ahead for the truth...

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Findings, recommendations and actions from ICO investigation into data analytics in political campaigns - read the preliminary findings on how it is now possible to send micro-targeted messages usi...

Findings, recommendations and actions from ICO investigation into data analytics in political campaigns - read the preliminary findings on how it is now possible to send micro-targeted messages usi... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has today (11 July) published a detailed update of her office’s investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns.

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WHY IT MATTERS: read this very detailed report that explains how political parties have used the Facebook data to create personalized messages and influence the election that led to the Brexit. Fascinating. Also read my posts on the data you leave behind - the data exhaust - that enables the creation of your digital twin: http://fmcs.digital/blog/digital-twin 

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How micro-targeting works and why your #digital #data creates a #DigitalTwin of yourself that retailers, governments, political parties and others take advantage of to change your opinion or behavi...

How micro-targeting works and why your #digital #data creates a #DigitalTwin of yourself that retailers, governments, political parties and others take advantage of to change your opinion or behavi... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In May 2017 the Information Commissioner announced a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes. The investigation is one of the largest of its kind and is ongoing. This page will be updated as and when developments arise.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this report from the ICO data privacy organization in the UK explains in their recent report how political parties and companies use your private data to create a digital twin profile to then target you during your Internet journeys with micro-targeted messages. Also read my post on the digital twin concept: http://fmcs.digital/blog/digital-twin 

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How political parties use your personal data to create a #DigitalTwin profile of yourself and send you targeted messages in #Facebook #Email #Ads and other via @ICO #UK #CambridgeAnalytica #privacy...

How political parties use your personal data to create a #DigitalTwin profile of yourself and send you targeted messages in #Facebook #Email #Ads and other via @ICO #UK #CambridgeAnalytica #privacy... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In May 2017 the Information Commissioner announced a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes. The investigation is one of the largest of its kind and is ongoing. This page will be updated as and when developments arise.

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WHY IT MATTERS: data that you post on Facebook or elsewhere is aggregated by political parties and retailers and governments and others to create a virtual profile of yourself - what I call the digital twin. See my post here for more on the digital twin: http://fmcs.digital/blog/digital-twin/ 

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UK Investigation into data analytics for political purposes track the amount of data collected by political parties via @ICO #Facebook #CambridgeAnalytica

UK Investigation into data analytics for political purposes track the amount of data collected by political parties via @ICO #Facebook #CambridgeAnalytica | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In May 2017 the Information Commissioner announced a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes. The investigation is one of the largest of its kind and is ongoing. This page will be updated as and when developments arise.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this investigation on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica scandal shows how much data is being collected by political parties.

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You have data and here are your rights - Your data matters @ICO #UK #privacy

You have data and here are your rights - Your data matters @ICO #UK #privacy | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

We live in a data-driven world. Almost every transaction and interaction you have with most organisations involves you sharing personal data, such as your name, address and birth date. You share data online too, every time you visit a website, search for or buy something, use social media or send an email.

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WHY IT MATTERS: ICO is the data protection organization in the UK. It provides a guide to your rights regarding data and privacy. Very useful and well done.

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Plant Your Flag, Mark Your Territory so as to protect your #privacy and #onlineIdentity - if not others will do it — via @briankrebs

Plant Your Flag, Mark Your Territory so as to protect your #privacy and #onlineIdentity - if not others will do it — via @briankrebs | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Many people, particularly older folks, proudly declare they avoid using the Web to manage various accounts tied to their personal and financial data — including everything from utilities and mobile phones to retirement benefits and online banking services. The reasoning behind this strategy is as simple as it is alluring: What’s not put online can’t be hacked. But increasingly, adherents to this mantra are finding out the hard way that if you don’t plant your flag online, fraudsters and identity thieves may do it for you.

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WHY IT MATTERS: I've been writing about concerns regarding online identity and privacy for a long time with blog posts such as "pyramid of digital needs", "digital twin" and "10 urgents actions to protect your identity". This article from Brian Krebs reminds us all that online identity must be protected and that it requires active actions on our part.

http://fmcs.digital/blog/pyramid-of-digital-needs/ 

http://fmcs.digital/blog/digital-twin/ 

http://fmcs.digital/blog/digital-moi-get-started-10-actions/ 

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Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan crowds for wanted criminals #security #privacy #AI 

Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan crowds for wanted criminals #security #privacy #AI  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
  • Railway police have begun using facial-recognition eyewear to catch criminals.
  • In tests the glasses identified faces within 100 milliseconds.
  • Seven people have been arrested for a range of previous crimes, and another 26 were banned from travel.
  • China has been ramping up its use of facial-recognition technology as it moves toward a nationwide database that can recognize any citizen within three seconds.
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WHY IT MATTERS: face recognition using AI has been around for a few years. It used to require large computers in the cloud. Not anymore. This changes everything.

1) privacy: it will become more and more difficult to protect your privacy in the future. I have written about this before, specifically when the Google glasses came out 3 years ago. It is a concept that is interpreted differently in countries and cultures - such as China vs USA.

2) China: is investing heavily to win the AI war with the US. So we should expect every product - from glasses to door bells to cell phones to cars - to have face recognition built into the device in the very near future. At the CES2018 show, I saw a number of companies that offer face recognition chips ready to be embedded at low price into any consumer device. So it *will* happen. More on China in a later post...

3) protection: people will naturally want to protect themselves. We should start to see face masks that are designed to fool face recognition hardware as has been shown to be possible recently.

More reading:

- google glasses face recognition: http://fmcs.digital/blog/kodak-cameras-banned-in-the-1880s-over-loss-of/ 

- CES security cameras: http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/9ee3fba2-dd87-42c4-ae7c-b2478b752ec3%7C_0.html (in french)

- fooling face recognition: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ne43pz/ai-fooling-glasses-could-be-good-enough-to-trick-facial-recognition-at-airports 

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Protecting digital identity more important than ever: You must "claim" your digital properties: Facebook,  Linkedin, Social security, etc. to protect yourself from thieves & hackers via @BrianKrebs

Protecting digital identity more important than ever: You must "claim" your digital properties: Facebook,  Linkedin, Social security, etc. to protect yourself from thieves & hackers via @BrianKrebs | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

KrebsOnSecurity has long warned readers to plant your own flag at the my Social Security online portal of the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) — even if you are not yet drawing benefits from the agency — because identity thieves have been registering accounts in peoples’ names and siphoning retirement and/or disability funds.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: It is important to be present on the digital mediums out there, from Facebook to LinkedIn and many others. No need to post or share anything personal, JUST CLAIM YOUR DIGITAL PLACE! Otherwise someone else may - with dire consequences.

I have written some posts that may complete this one from Krebs:

http://fmcs.digital/blog/digital-twin/

http://fmcs.digital/blog/digital-moi-get-started-10-actions/ 

http://fmcs.digital/blog/pyramid-of-digital-needs/ 

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Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts #fakeNews #trolls #me.com

Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts #fakeNews #trolls #me.com | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Federal and state authorities are investigating the sellers of artificial followers and other fraudulent social media engagement.


Via Jessica Kelly
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WHY IT MATTERS: we must remain more careful than ever regarding the explosion of "fake" social media. This article - along with another referenced in there - provides a glimpse at how huge the world of "fake" is on the Internet: fake news, fake accounts, fake reviews, etc. It raises serious questions about anonymity vs. "verified" and personally identifiable content/accounts - and the potential loss of privacy. Maybe blockchain will provide a solution to guarantee traceability to real individuals while retaining privacy? In any case, something has to happen otherwise the web and social media will soon become nothing but a polluted dump site of fake content....

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Jessica Kelly's curator insight, January 31, 2:20 PM
I'll admit, I'm enjoying this. I have never bought a follower, and I haven't lost any fake/bot followers this week. I use Twitter as a place for authentic communication and info-sharing, not self-aggrandizement or one-way broadcast. I have never followed someone unless I read their profile first, and as my account pushes close to 10K followers, I often recognize follower handles and pictures b/c I've read the bios. I make $0 for using my Twitter account, and while I sometimes think of quitting social, it's never b/c my account is just a front. I wonder if there's any hope that this purge--if it is a purge--will make Twitter feel even a tiny bit like it did in earlier days. We can hope, right?
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Funding Your Bliss: Mindfulness Startups Scale Up

Funding Your Bliss: Mindfulness Startups Scale Up | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Welcome to the world of mindfulness and wellness apps. In the past year or so, investors have backed more than 20 startups developing apps and tools aimed at promoting mindfulness, happiness, and other desirable mental states. To date, these companies have raised more than $150 million, according to Crunchbase data. Several of the largest rounds have been in recent months, with the vast majority of funding going to California-based startups.
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Wellness, fitness and mindfulness are more important now than ever it seems. This study tends to agree and provide some great examples.

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Todai #robot #AI project performed in top 20% on entrance exam U. Tokyo- without understanding a thing

Todai #robot #AI project performed in top 20% on entrance exam U. Tokyo- without understanding a thing | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. While it's not matriculating anytime soon, Todai Robot's success raises alarming questions for the future of human education. How can we help kids excel at the things that humans will always do better than AI?
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The video is short and provides very good explanation of how the AI can pass the University entrance exam without understanding a thing. Nevertheless, I find this amazing because once AI learns something, or acquires a skill, *every* other AI can benefit from it. As opposed to humans who *individually* have to learn new things for themselves. Thus, we can expect AI to learn at an exponential rate and become truly "intelligent" very rapidly. This example should be a wake up call for all of us.

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A Shift to Purpose and Well-Being

A Shift to Purpose and Well-Being | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Singularity University has been talking about purpose for some time now. They describe a focus that is audaciously big and aspirational, causing significant transformation to an Industry, community, or the planet. There is a clear “why” behind the work being done, something that unites and inspires action. They call this a Massive Transformative Purpose.

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Tata Consulting CTO Franck Diana consistently raises interesting trends and forecasts. here, I find useful his mapping of well-being to innovation (mostly technological innovations that fall in the digital transformation/disruption world). I plan to reuse this grid in my work and analysis.

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Tata Consulting CTO Franck Diana consistently raises interesting trends and forecasts. here, I find useful his mapping of well-being to innovation (mostly technological innovations that fall in the digital transformation/disruption world). I plan to reuse this grid in my work and analysis.

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This app is trying to replicate you - or help you get out of paying parking tickets

This app is trying to replicate you - or help you get out of paying parking tickets | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
If someone had been secretly storing every single text, tweet, blog post, Instagram photo, and phone call you’d ever made, would they be able to recreate you?
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The ultimate test for a machine to determine if it is human is the Turing test where a computer can hold a conversation and you cannot tell whether it is a human or a machine behind the screen. These apps are bringing us closer to that possibility...

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Never Post or Trash Your Airline Boarding Pass via @krebs

Never Post or Trash Your Airline Boarding Pass via @krebs | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In What’s In a Boarding Pass Barcode? A Lot, KrebsOnSecurity told the story of a reader whose friend posted a picture of a boarding pass on Facebook. The reader was able to use the airline’s Web site combined with data printed on the boarding pass to discover additional information about his friend. That data included details of future travel, the ability to alter or cancel upcoming flights, and a key component need to access the traveler’s frequent flyer account. 

More recently, security researcher Michal Špaček gave a talk at a conference in the Czech Republic in which he explained how a few details gleaned from a picture of a friend’s boarding pass posted online give him the ability to view passport information on his friend via the airline’s Web site, and to change the password for another friend’s United Airlines frequent flyer account.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

This article provides detailed examples and further reading links that shows why it is never a good idea to post pictures of barcodes on social networks. They can be read and the information they contain extracted - potentially revealing personal information.

You have been warned.

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If you’ve used Bitcoin to buy anonymously, the transaction may not have been private at all says #Princeton #MIT

If you’ve used Bitcoin to buy anonymously, the transaction may not have been private at all says #Princeton #MIT | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Web merchants routinely leak data about purchases. And that can make it straightforward to link individuals with their Bitcoin purchases, say cybersecurity researchers. You can preserve your privacy as long as the pseudonym is not linked to you. But as soon as somebody makes the link to one of your anonymous books, the ruse is revealed. Your entire writing history under your pseudonym becomes public. Similarly, as soon as your personal details are linked to your Bitcoin address, your purchase history is revealed too.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

I wrote about the lack of privacy due to ad trackers and beacons many times in the past. Here is another application that shows how they can be used to identity your bitcoin transactions. The article explains why this is so and how privacy can be kept on the blockchain.

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This 'temporary tattoo' could totally change #healthcare & #wearables

This 'temporary tattoo' could totally change #healthcare & #wearables | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Scientists developed a stretchable electronic sensor that looks like a temporary tattoo.
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Digital transformation often starts with innovative new technologies. This technologies has been in development for many years and thus we should keep them on our radars for when they spring out of the lab as commercial products. Not just yet though but keep that in mind when strategic plans are being drawn...

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Na Lala's curator insight, July 21, 2017 8:31 AM

Un tatouage temporaire scientifique !

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AI Creates Fake Obama via @gnat @ieee

AI Creates Fake Obama via @gnat @ieee | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
In the new study, the neural net learned what mouth shapes were linked to various sounds. The researchers took audio clips and dubbed them over the original sound files of a video. They next took mouth shapes that matched the new audio clips and grafted and blended them onto the video. Essentially, the researchers synthesized videos where Obama lip-synched words he said up to decades beforehand.
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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Fake news is difficult to debunk because we are trained to believe what we read has been vetted and checked for validity. Images and videos are even worse because, until now, it was difficult to alter them in any meaningful way. Technologies like this may change that forever. Watch out for elections 202 in the USA.

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How a digital footprint is used to track you online and how to erase it

How a digital footprint is used to track you online and how to erase it | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Anonymity, like security, has many layers. Observers have developed methods of piercing anonymity which involve differing levels of technology.
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A relatively technical explanation of the methods used to track people on the web.

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Adam MacGregor's curator insight, November 27, 2017 1:28 PM
An amazing guide on how to strengthen your digital profile. This link teaches you how to reduce the amount of info that goes onto the web.
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How to remain completely #anonymous and hidden #online

How to remain completely #anonymous and hidden #online | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
These are the steps you can take and the tools you'll need to remain anonymous and hidden online. Tor, VPN, burner emails, encryption, bitcoin, etc.
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Discusses different solutions to remain anonymous online, from TOR to bitcoins.

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Facebook's AI accidentally created its own language & learned to negotiate in #chatbots

Facebook's AI accidentally created its own language & learned to negotiate in #chatbots | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Researchers from the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab (FAIR) recently made an unexpected discovery while trying to improve chatbots. The bots — known as “dialog agents” — were creating their own language — well, kinda. Using machine learning algorithms, dialog agents were left to converse freely in an attempt to strengthen their conversational skills.

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Humans may not be so smart after all if it takes a few simple neural nets to start to create new languages and communicate. The article is just a teaser, if you want to know more you have to go the the Facebook research group blog to read the full thing.

https://research.fb.com/category/facebook-ai-research-fair/

https://code.facebook.com/posts/1686672014972296/deal-or-no-deal-training-ai-bots-to-negotiate/

https://code.facebook.com/posts/266433647155520/parlai-a-new-software-platform-for-dialog-research/

 

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2min video on how to pick the best #password

2min video on how to pick the best #password | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Using password managers like LastPass and 1Password are essential to your online security — cyber security expert Kevin Mitnick explains why.
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Only thing protecting you and your privacy is your password - and 2 factor authentication.  Do it!

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How to Browse the Web and Leave No Trace

How to Browse the Web and Leave No Trace | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
On today’s web it’s hard to set a (digital) foot online without it attracting dozens of trackers and log entries, as companies look to learn everything about you and sell that data on to advertisers. To hide you’ve got a few tools at your disposal, many of which we’ve talked about in the past, and all of which add up to a largely anonymous browsing experience. What we can’t do is promise 100 percent that you won’t be tracked—we’re not privy to the inner workings of the FBI or your employer’s IT system—but this is as much as you can do.
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This is the basics you need to know: incognito mode, VPNs and TOR network. If you don't read this.

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Amazing to see how so many people #trust companies & manufacturers with #security #privacy

Amazing to see how so many people #trust companies & manufacturers with #security #privacy | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

With the Supreme Court slated to rule next term on whether cellphone location data requires a search warrant, a new poll shows that a majority of U.S. adults support law enforcement accessing certain personal data for someone under investigation, but only if it's authorized by a warrant. Polling was conducted June 8 through June 12 among 2,200 U.S. adults. Morning Consult is the official polling partner of POLITICO, Vox, Fortune, and Bloomberg News.

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You have to trust companies and manufacturers with your private data to interact with them or use their products. What are people who distrust those companies doing? Not buying on Amazon? Not buying a smartphone? I guess not.

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