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Privacy: And How to Get It Back (Curious Reads) Paperback – December 18, 2017
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For readers who haven't engaged with the issue before and aren't aware of how their online data is being used by private companies for profit, Mendelson's book will be an eye-opener. - Publisher's Weekly
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This short book is easy to read with little over technical jargon, it not padded with filler to make it seem like a more significant book, yet it covers just about everything. “Privacy” provides tips to protect yourself, the history of privacy abuse and there’s plenty of it, what to expect in the near future, and what’s going on today. He points you to the culprits of privacy abuse and details why they feel they need to steal and share our personal, private and sometimes intimate details among data collectors. I had no idea it was such a big business!
I don’t want to give away too much about the contents of the book; it’ll ruin the fun of reading it. What I can share is I have a lot more to learn after this, and with his twenty pages of links to future reading I’ll be at it for awhile.
B.J. you’ve done your research, and it shows, thank you. Now I need to start changing both my online and real-world habits to try and protect what privacy I have left.
Like his previous non-fiction work, BJ has crafted a well-thought out and incredibly insightful text replete with humor. While he makes wisecracks and some self-deprecating jokes, he makes a bevy of spot-on points. Even were you to disagree with some of his assertions, he bring the receipts (and gives you a giggle as he does so); he constantly gives you data to support his points and suppositions as well as intriguing concepts and truisms. If you enjoyed his previous text, Social Media is BS (and let's be honest, you did), then this one - a collection of essays over the last two years chronicling the erosion of our privacy through the lens of someone 'in the know' - is for you.
Go on, do it. The fact that his distinct humor style makes it not only an easy read but an incredibly enjoyable one is icing on the cake; I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
He reached out recently and offered me a free copy of his new book "Privacy" which I gladly accepted given my own focus and concerns with privacy online. I've been a digital marketer 20+ years now and have watched as the social conversation has swung back and forth regarding privacy. It's an issue. A big one. B.J.'s book outlines the issues, helps you understand what you can do and provides terrific, simple tactics you can put to use to improve your online privacy immediately.
I recently posted a video by Anonymous to my own Facebook page which got a lot of conversation and revealed to me that people simply do not understand how to manage their privacy, or even understand why it's so important. Social media platforms and apps are DESIGNED to hook you, and to monetize your data. They can deny it and argue the point, but their actions speak way louder than their words (or their dense, unreadable terms of service agreements). Like BJ, I'm mostly fine with that trade, assuming I'm aware of what those companies are doing with my data. The problem is, as BJ writes about, it's impossible to know what company is doing what with your data. Good luck finding out.
Without completely going tin-hat, this book outlines what you need to know, shows you what and why these companies are doing what they are doing and lets you know how to get started.
If you are a privacy expert, there isn't much here other than best practice reminders, but if you are a noob, you owe it to yourself to read this book!
In reading this book, I learned a lot more than just how to take back control of my data, I also learned some really cool historical facts that help frame the conversations we are having today against a framework of our historical feelings toward data.
Along the way, I also learned how to protect my data and how data could be the key to shaping what's next in the way we work or how we get paid. If we have the courage to take action.
For anyone that is involved in modern business, this book is worth the read. Its very quick and short of the crap.
As a former executive editor for PC World magazine, I've been following the computer business for decades and found a lot in here that I didn't know about the industry's creepy, unethical practices. And frankly, until recently, I'd been another person who said "so what?" when it came to my personal data. No more!
I was also a huge fan of B J's other book "Social Media is Bullshit"