A blistering exposé of how our personal data is abused, why that matters, and what we can do about it . . .
They are watching you. They know you are reading these words. Governments and hundreds of corporations are spying on you, and everyone you know. Every minute of every day. Without your permission, or even your awareness, they are harvesting your location, your likes, your habits, your relationships, your fears, your medical issues, and selling it to one another.
Reclaiming privacy is the only way we can regain control of our lives and our societies. These governments and corporations have too much power, and their power stems from us–from our data. Privacy is as collective as it is personal, and it’s time to take back control.
Privacy Is Power tells you how to do exactly that. It calls for the end of the data economy and proposes concrete measures to bring that end about, offering practical solutions, both for policymakers and ordinary citizens. It is time to pull the plug on the surveillance economy.
An Economist Book of the Year
”A powerful cri de coeur for technological liberation that merits the attention of every consumer of digital services.” —Kirkus Reviews
“An essential guide to one of the most pressing modern issues.” —Hannah Fry, author of Hello World
“We didn’t see digital surveillance coming, but today it’s threatening democracy and basic freedoms. If you want to understand why privacy matters more than ever before, and how we can preserve it in an age of data grabbing, read this book.” —Nigel Warburton, author of A Little History of Philosophy
“A forceful call for us to tame the data economy by reclaiming our privacy … and our power.” —Jonathan Zittrain, author of The Future of the Internet
“In this bold, original, and engaging book, Carissa Véliz makes a compelling case for the revolutionary goal of reclaiming privacy from the grip of a destructive data economy. While many have lamented the ills of surveillance capitalism, Véliz’s courageous manifesto paves a clear path for regaining power–taking back our ill-gotten information from tech companies and data brokers and reinvigorating democracy in the process.” —Evan Selinger, Professor of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology and co-author of The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy
“How much does it matter that every day we unwittingly hand over more and more of our personal data to internet giants? In this smart, stylishly written, and alarming volume Carissa Veliz argues that it matters a great deal and that we don’t have to put up with it. Essential reading for those of us who click ’agree’ ten times a day.” —Jonathan Wolff, author of An Introduction to Moral Philosophy