Brandy Zadrozny, an online researcher with NBC News, says her job is to seek out personally identifying information on anonymous Trump supporters. She has access to third-party dark data vendors who monitor and sell internet users’ personal information. Recently, she has targeted QAnon, a movement that supports Trump.
The CLOUD Act, which was included in last week’s Omnibus bill, eviscerates what may have been left of citizen privacy in America and it makes personal information readily available to other governments. It empowers the US government and foreign governments to invade the privacy of anyone it wants to stalk. [The big question is why did President Trump sign such a bill when he could have vetoed it? The assertion that Hillary would have been worse is not an answer to that question.]
Jerry Day analyzes a sales video for a software program that enables utility companies to collect data on the minute-by-minute activities of their customers. It creates personal profiles on energy users to be sold to anyone willing to pay for it, which means anyone who can benefit from it. None of this is for the benefit of those being spied upon.