21 episodes

Howdy partner! The Private Citizen is a weekly data privacy podcast by veteran tech journalist Fabian A. Scherschel. On the show, I analyse news stories about the surveillance economy, data breaches and tracking technologies, all from the viewpoint of the pragmatic consumer.

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Howdy partner! The Private Citizen is a weekly data privacy podcast by veteran tech journalist Fabian A. Scherschel. On the show, I analyse news stories about the surveillance economy, data breaches and tracking technologies, all from the viewpoint of the pragmatic consumer.

    Episode 21: The SAP Contact Tracing App & Other Madness

    Episode 21: The SAP Contact Tracing App & Other Madness

    SAP has released the first bits of source code for the German coronavirus tracing app. In the meantime, the public is being distracted to get mad at anything but the actual causes of their problems.

    • 2 hr 10 min
    Episode 20: The Happy Plumbers Who Know Everything About You

    Episode 20: The Happy Plumbers Who Know Everything About You

    Almost a quarter of US consumers have given a company access to their bank account that they probably have never heard of. This shadowy company, which is collecting all of this data on financial transactions is called Plaid and they are coming for your bank account next.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Episode 19: Fighting the New Normal

    Episode 19: Fighting the New Normal

    Another update on the use of coronavirus tracing apps all around the world and on crazy things happening on the ground in the containment zones of Europe.

    • 2 hr
    Episode 18: Xiaomi Brazenly Collects User Data on Their Phones

    Episode 18: Xiaomi Brazenly Collects User Data on Their Phones

    The fourth biggest smartphone maker in the world, Xiaomi from China, makes very cheap phones with decent features. But it looks like they are selling out your privacy to recoup some of the money you're saving when you buy their phones.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 17: Surfing the Second Wave

    Episode 17: Surfing the Second Wave

    An update on tracing apps as well as lockdown reports from Germany and the rest of the world. I also present a case for why the lockdowns might not be working and we look at Amazon emerging as the big winner from this catastrophe.

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Episode 16: Dealing With Hyperobjects

    Episode 16: Dealing With Hyperobjects

    Do these coronavirus contact tracing apps actually do what they are supposed to do? A philosophical discussion with technology writer and thinker Jürgen Geuter, also known on the web as tante.

    • 1 hr 28 min

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