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Personal data in the unregulated data mining market

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Sun, Nov 9th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The New York Times' Frank Pasquale looks at the many lists data mining companies are classifying people in, from victims of sexual assault all the way to being a methamphetamine dealer. The problem is that these lists are often incorrect and yet are now being used by "financial institutions vetting customers to guard against fraud, and employers screening potential hires."

There are lists of “impulse buyers.” Lists of suckers: gullible consumers who have shown that they are susceptible to “vulnerability-based marketing.” And lists of those deemed commercially undesirable because they live in or near trailer parks or nursing homes. Not to mention lists of people who have been accused of wrongdoing, even if they were not charged or convicted.

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