Technology allows corporations to collect all kinds of data about each of us.
Technology allows corporations to collect all kinds of data about each of us.

Companies collect information from customers to provide customized services and stay competitive. Customers too can find value in exchanging their information for personalized services.

But has technology made traditional notions of privacy obsolete? Mobile phones track our movements. Facebook keeps track each time we make a new friend. Google, Microsoft and the other email hosts keep copies of all our phone conversations and correspondence. Our text messages are copied by Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or whatever site is hosting them.

Listen in as national experts engage in “Conversations on Privacy,” five pre-recorded discussions exploring the benefits and dangers of the digital age.

The third conversation, “Corporate Data Collection: What Are We Willing to Give?will be shown in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room at 3:00 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 15).

The series was presented by the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and recorded in October and November at Tucson’s Fox Theater. The re-broadcasts are another of the Arizona Senior Academy’s “encore series” presentations giving east side residents a chance to enjoy thought-provoking lectures they might have missed when first offered downtown.

Conversation participants include (clockwise from upper left) Laura Brandimarte, Richard Kosinski, Deirdre Mulligan, and Ashkan Soltani.
Conversation participants include (clockwise from upper left) Laura Brandimarte, Richard Kosinski, Deirdre Mulligan, and Ashkan Soltani.

The Dec. 15 “Corporate Data Collection” conversation will discuss the trade-offs you make when you pay for services with personal information. The panel will also delve into the future of corporate data collection and digital advertising, including facial recognition technology, mobile location analysis, and the “internet of things.”

The conversation will be led by Laura Brandimarte, assistant professor in the Management Information Systems Department at the UA Eller College of Management, with Richard Kosinski, president of MediaBrix; Deirdre Mulligan, co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology; and Ashkan Soltani, former chief technologist for the Federal Trade Commission.

Written by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at info@arizonasenioracademy.org or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to www.asa-tucson.org.

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Corporate Data Collection: Do We Reveal Too Much?: December 2016