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Oracle accused of selling user data


Hundreds of millions of people’s personal details were purportedly compiled by Oracle in a network.

Oracle is facing a lawsuit over allegations that it sold the personal information and profiles of millions of customers.

Oracle allegedly exploits a network storing millions of people’s personal information to produce $40 billion annually. Names, addresses, emails, purchase history, location data, political views, and online activity.

The case argues this violates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the California Constitution, the California Invasion of Privacy Act, competition law, and common law.

Video evidence

Oracle’s CTO and founder, Larry Ellison, addresses data gathering and anticipating purchasing patterns in a 2008 video.

“It’s a combination of real-time looking at all of their social activity, real-time looking at where they are, and micro-locations – which scares the lawyers, who are shaking their heads and covering their eyes – knowing how much time you spend in a specific aisle of a store and what’s in that aisle.

“By combining customer information with their demographic profile and historical buying behaviour, we can forecast what they’ll buy next.”

Johnny Ryan, a former Brave browser policy officer, now works with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), which has pressured Google, Amazon, and Microsoft to modify their online advertising operations.

“This Fortune 500 corporation wants to track everyone’s whereabouts and activities. Ryan said, “We’re stopping Oracle’s surveillance machine.”

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