At Facebook, it’s critically important to remember that you are not the customer, you’re the product. None of Facebook’s users pay a dime for its service and yet Facebook makes tens of billions of dollars a year. Facebook makes money off of you and your data. And as we’ve seen in the last two weeks, that business model is ripe for abuse. It’s long since time that we, as consumers, reject the current Internet business model: the collection and sale of phenomenal amounts of highly personal data.

In today’s episode, I’ll discuss the Cambridge Analytica scandal and why a Facebook VP believes that growth is good at any cost. I’ll spell out all the reasons why I’m deleting my Facebook account – and why you should strongly consider doing the same. At the very least, you should see what information Facebook has on you, so you can make an informed decision – I’ll tell you how to do that, too.

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Carey Parker began programming computers in middle school when personal computers were just starting to become popular. For years, these twin interests percolated until he attended Purdue University and he learned you could get paid to do this stuff – it was called Electrical Engineering! After obtaining a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in EE, Carey wrote software for multiple companies, large and small. In recent years, particularly after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013, he became deeply concerned about computer security and privacy. In 2014, he combined his passion for computers, cybersecurity and fantasy novels with the long-time desire to write the book: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.