Facebook isn’t the only company capable of watching every step you take. Bloomberg Businessweek profiles the big-data firm Palantir Technologies, which has evolved from helping the US government catch terrorists to assisting companies monitor their employees and helping law enforcement detect possible offenders. A common thread that runs through both companies is their desperate need to make money and please investors – which, as it turns out, is at odds with protecting people’s privacy. getAbstract believes everyone will want to learn about the growing power that companies like Palantir are exerting over people’s lives.
In this summary, you will learn
- How government agencies and companies are using Palantir’s data-mining software, and
- Why civil liberties advocates worry about Palantir’s determination to grow its customer base.
About the Authors
Peter Waldman, Lizette Chapman and Jordan Robertson are reporters for Bloomberg Businessweek.