Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Equifax settlement up for approval in federal court, and many oppose it

Charlie Wertzel opines in the New York Times, “One Man can Bring Equifax to Justice (and Get You your Money)”.

That’s if judge Thomas Thrash in Atlanta rejects the Equifax settlement and recognizes many more lawsuits from victims.  The trail is Thursday, Dec. 19.

This is sounding a bit like Dupont in the movie “Dark Waters”.

Or it reminds me of YouTube and COPPA (and FTA).  Because the supposed COPPA violations by YouTube’s subterranean behavioral advertising might place some minors in danger of identity theft, although I haven’t heard this connection made very often.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Secret consumer scores approach "social credit" trustworthiness idea being implemented in China

NBC Nightly News reports tonight on “Secret Consumer Scores” from data miners, where browsing habits, yelp reviews, some social media posts, and other purchases are tracked by less well known companies, video here

Kashmir Hill reports for the New York Times here.  Even your Airbnb or Uber behavior seems to be fair game.
NBC interviewed Jason Tan, CEO of “Sift”, who says he detects fraud patterns with AI. 
We are getting closer to China’s “social credit score” of trustworthiness all the time.

Friday, November 01, 2019

Media turns attention to "Mylife" and maybe similar sites

I did a major story about online reputation and the site “” on my main blog today, and I see that this site had been mentioned here July 26, 2017.

The possibility of wrong individuals being mixed up would seem to exist, as would be the possibility of vengeance or “cancel culture” behavior as we have seen from activists trying to punish speakers personally for “privilege”.  It certainly can contribute to harassing unpopular persons with "smears".