The Wall Street Journal has published an in-depth report, “What They Know,” about the state of surveillance in the United States and how these surveillance programs affect individual privacy. Full coverage is at: wsj.com/WTK. The Journal also has asked for questions from the public about online spying and privacy risks: “If you have questions for reporter Julia Angwin, other Journal reporters and editors or digital-privacy experts, leave a comment here, email firstname.lastname@example.org or reply to @WhatTheyKnow on Twitter.”
Here’s the list of stories so far:
- The Web’s New Gold Mine: Your Secrets — This article explains the investigative series of reports. “A Journal investigation finds that one of the fastest-growing businesses on the Internet is the business of spying on consumers.”
- Tracking the Trackers: Our Method — This article details the methodology used by the Wall Street Journal to investigate Internet tracking technology.
- Sites Feed Personal Details To New Tracking Industry — This article details Web sites that have installed consumer-tracking tools. “The Journal’s study shows the extent to which Web users are in effect exchanging personal data for the broad access to information and services that is a defining feature of the Internet.”
- How to Avoid the Prying Eyes — This article explains how people can reduce the amount that they are tracked online by surveillance programs.
- Analyzing What You Have Typed — “In a study of surveillance technology deployed by companies on the Internet, the Journal found that marketing-technology firm Lotame Solutions captures in real time what people are typing on a site and analyzes it.”
- The Tracking Ecosystem — This is a graphic detailing the “process that passes information about you and your interests to tracking companies and advertisers” that is kicked off when you browse the Web.