We have no control. Each busines has only one abstracted framework of who you are built into it. This information can be bought and sold, and also easily breached, without your approval. This setup is convenient( e.g. we get better-targeted recommendations ), and also dangerous( e.g. we can be profiled and manipulated ).
The segmentation is inefficient. What if all these data storehouses dallied delightful with one another? For speciman — if your passport, driver’s license, bank and email were integrated — you could walk internationally, ensure your credit cards toil, receive curated recommendations and alert people of your whereabouts, without any undertaking required on your intention. You could frustrate name fraud. You could move around without identification.
We do most of the work for none of the benefits. This is Lanier’s primary fight. As has been noted, if works like Google Search are free, that is because we are not “the consumers “, we are the make. In much the same space that Uber motorists reside a grey area between employees and contractors, we act rather like laborers for Amazon and Facebook, more are exclusively offset with convenience , not pay, for giving up our data.
You forget a password and have to reset it( frivolous );
Hackers masquerade you on social media( annoying );
Someone steals your SSN and defaults on a credit card in your mention( serious );
An authoritarian regime observes on, tracks and detains possible nonconformists( life-altering ).