Social-media companies, internet service providers and online advertising companies all mine our personal information for profit. They use this information to exploit poor communities, offering different opportunities and pricing depending on your ZIP code. They track search histories and map individuals’ networks of friends — selling that data to the highest bidder.
Corporations and government are increasingly joining forces. If we don’t take steps to keep them in check, our online privacy will only continue to erode, putting the most vulnerable populations at even greater risk.