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Consumer Apps and the Rise of Weaponized Data

Experts have issued fresh warnings to U.S. citizens over the enormous amount of sensitive, personal information being routinely captured and commoditized, and that this same information is being weaponized by the country’s adversaries. A panel at the recent AFCEA TechNet Cyber conference highlighted that data gathering by Facebook, WhatsApp and Google presents a significant risk to both individuals and the nation.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Brendler, USA (Ret.), described it as an unregulated arms market. “If you are not paying for a service, the thing you’re getting is not a product. You are the product. The company… is using your interaction with them… to collect information about you, and then they sell it,” he said.

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