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Could your fitness app or browsing history be sabotaging you? There are myriad ways that online companies can harvest your data and potentially use it against you. In this eye-opening presentation, Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad argues that it shouldn’t be up to consumers to make sense of tricky terms of service. But if you do use apps, you should be aware of what you’re signing up for, as those terms may come back to haunt you.

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  • How some companies’ terms of service compromise your privacy and security, and
  • Why governments rather than consumers should be responsible for regulating online privacy and security concerns.
 

About the Speaker

Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad directs the Norwegian Consumer Council in developing ethical digital user policies.

 

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Cayla is an award-winning Internet-enabled doll that uses speech-recognition technology to interact with children “just like a friend.” But Cayla’s manufacturer listens to the conversations taking place in proximity to the doll and harvests users’ personal data. To activate Cayla, you must download an app and consent to its terms of use – terms that can change without your being notified. The company can use the conversations the doll overhears to target advertising at you or sell those recordings to third-party marketers. Moreover, a stranger could easily hijack Cayla via smartphone through her Bluetooth connection, a factor...


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