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Science  30 Jan 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6221, pp. 481
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa5358

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Troves of our personal data are being collected and analyzed every day by players who have the power to influence what we see online and how we are seen in real life. The methods by which this information is collected and analyzed are shockingly opaque, and attempts to protect our privacy are no longer effective (if they ever were). Viktor Mayer-Schönberger advances the ongoing debate over Internet privacy in a review of The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms that Control Money and Information.