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Further Reading: How surveillance tech feeds off the consumer

Further Reading: How surveillance tech feeds off the consumer

This summer, music streaming service Spotify (US:SPOT) handed out free Google Nest devices to some of its ‘premium’ users in the UK. So many people rushed for the offer of an AI-enabled smart speaker that the company had to cut the deal short, as stock quickly ran out. This is perhaps unsurprising – it is hard to resist the ultra-modern feel of commanding a device to do your bidding, whether to play a song or turn on the heating. So much so that the average consumer has learned that in buying these devices, they must cast aside the fact that they have also invited tech companies to surveil their behaviour 24/7. 

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