Dear readers –
There’s a gold rush underway in the business of collecting and selling data about individuals like you and me. The international data market is estimated to be worth $20.6 billion, and the players in this new economy are quietly infiltrating our lives as they track our activities, locations, interests, and more.
This week, Quartz members can go deeper with a new report on the many companies collecting and trafficking in data. You can sign up here for a seven-day free trial of membership.
Quartz reporter Olivia Goldhill lays out the data brokering landscape in a deep dive report that was published yesterday. She unpacks which companies are collecting what data, what they’re doing with it, and what consumers’ options are. Quartz members can access further installments on the topic throughout the week, and can join a video conference call with Olivia on the topic on Friday.
Quartz members also can watch exclusive videos. In a video interview just released this week Brandless co-founder Tina Sharkey shares the three questions companies need to answer to define their purpose. There’s also our popular video series looking at China’s impact on the world.
If you sign up for a Quartz membership, you’ll also have access to all of our in-depth guides on areas of business disruption from the role of influencers in modern marketing to the new industry around CBD, and free invitations to members-only events. We have regular conference calls for members, including one this Thursday with Quartz senior reporter Akshat Rathi about his profile of Vicki Hollub and her quest to turn Occidental Petroleum into a carbon-neutral oil company.
I hope you’ll take advantage of the free trial of Quartz membership and benefit from all of this unique, in-depth reporting.
Kevin J. Delaney
Editor in chief, cofounder