Industry Unbound: The Inside Story of Privacy, Data, and Corporate Power

Ari Ezra Waldman

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 28th Sep '21


Using rich first-hand sources, Waldman provides an unprecedented account of how tech companies undermine privacy law from the inside. Industry Unbound brings together seemingly separate issues-discourse, law, and design-to reveal tech companies’ strategies to perform symbolic acts of protecting privacy while extracting our data.

Sorry, temporarily out of stock


In Industry Unbound, Ari Ezra Waldman exposes precisely how the tech industry conducts its ongoing crusade to undermine our privacy. With research based on interviews with scores of tech employees and internal documents outlining corporate strategies, Waldman reveals that companies don’t just lobby against privacy law; they also manipulate how we think about privacy, how their employees approach their work, and how they weaken the law to make data-extractive products the norm. In contrast to those who claim that privacy law is getting stronger, Waldman shows why recent shifts in privacy law are precisely the kinds of changes that corporations want and how even those who think of themselves as privacy advocates often unwittingly facilitate corporate malfeasance. This powerful account should be ready by anyone who wants to understand why privacy laws are not working and how corporations trap us into giving up our personal information.

Additional information

Weight 0.6 kg
Dimensions 25 × 143 × 223 mm
Page Count 378