We’re seeing it again and again – information about us is being gathered up, sold, and then weaponized to be used against us: Our faces being stolen and sold to law enforcement,1 our ability to participate in democracy being undermined,2 our locations and bodies being constantly monitored,3,4,5 even our children are being watched and having their data sold.6
The company that owns the app you put on your phone is just the start. Your sensitive personal data is then sold to dozens or even hundreds of other companies — spreading it through databases around the world. Companies call it analytics, marketing, insights – but for us it’s mass, indiscriminate surveillance.
Just because it’s being done, doesn’t mean that it’s okay. In theory, laws exist to protect and restrict these uses of our sensitive information, but they’re so outdated and underenforced that they’ve become mostly meaningless.
So if you’re tired of being tracked, counted, categorized, bought, used, and sold, sign the petition and together let’s take the first step to stop the harvest of our personal data!