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Arron Banks, the insurers and my strange data trail 21 Apr 4:01pm Arron Banks, the insurers and my strange data trail
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Carole Cadwalladr just wanted to insure her car. Six months later, she found a mass of personal details held by a firm she had never contacted that is run by Leave.EU’s biggest donor, Arron Banks. How did it get there?If a 29-year-old Peugeot 309 is the answer, it’s fair to wonder: what on earth is the question? In fact, I had no idea about either the question or the answer when I submitted a “subject access request” to Eldon Insurance Services in December last year. Or that my car – a vehicle that dates from the last millennium – could hold any sort of clue to anything. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, however, in pursuing
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How firms you have never interacted with can target your Facebook 21 Apr 2:00am How firms you have never interacted with can target your Facebook
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Advertisers are seemingly able to access accounts with no input from the user On one of Facebook’s myriad setting screens, a place where few dare tread, is a list of places you’ve probably never heard of, all of whom insist that they know you. It’s emblematic of the data protection issues Facebook is struggling to address in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, of the fact that these problems spread far beyond Facebook, and of the easy solutions the company could take if only it had the courage. This list is the collection of “advertisers you’ve interacted with”. You can find it halfway down
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