This week in membership: Your personal data, and your company’s culture

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Hello Quartz members—

We’re wrapping up our field guide about the brokers that harvest, package, and sell your personal data. Today, we take a look at wellness apps that collect sensitive data about your weight, health, and even sex life—and share it with other apps.

In case you missed it, here are the other posts for members this week:

  • On Monday, our state-of-play memo mapped out how the market for your personal data operates, its major players, and what’s being done to regulate it.
  • Tuesday, we took a deep dive into how targeted fake news sent through WhatsApp influenced Brazil’s election.
  • In an interview with Quartz published Wednesday, US senator Ron Wyden spoke about his efforts to protect personal data.
  • Thursday’s interactive feature lets you see how “anonymous” data can still point to an individual.


We’re closing out the week with a conference call on the new gold mine in data with Quartz reporter Olivia Goldhill today at 11am EDT/4 pm BST. You can join the videoconference here, or dial one of these numbers to join the call over your phone.

USA—866 226 4650

UK—0800 014 8469

In both cases, the meeting code is 722 994 440.

If you can’t make this conference call, or happen to have missed a previous call, you can listen at your convenience. Go here to access the member conference call archive.


Tina Sharkey cofounded Brandless with the goal of shaking up consumer goods—by stripping products of their “brand.”

In a new five-episode video series for Quartz members, Sharkey draws on her experience as a founder and an investor to offer tips on how to build a mission-driven company. In the first three episodes, Sharkey breaks down how to define your company’s purpose, hire for it, and build it into your company’s culture. In the fourth episode, she explains why leaders must pay attention to a  physical community. In the last video, she details the role that consumers play.

We hope you find all of the unique work Quartz published this week useful. As always, you can access member-exclusive content here. We’d love to hear any suggestions as to what we should be covering—you can email us at

Have a great weekend!

Kevin J. Delaney

Cofounder and editor in chief