The World of Personal Data-Lifeblood of Big Business-and the End of Privacy as We Know It
Author: Adam Tanner
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Business & Economics
The greatest threat to privacy today is not the NSA, but good-old American companies. Internet giants, leading retailers, and other firms are voraciously gathering data with little oversight from anyone. In Las Vegas, no company knows the value of data better than Caesars Entertainment. Many thousands of enthusiastic clients pour through the ever-open doors of their casinos. The secret to the company's success lies in their one unrivaled asset: they know their clients intimately by tracking the activities of the overwhelming majority of gamblers. They know exactly what games they like to play, what foods they enjoy for breakfast, when they prefer to visit, who their favorite hostess might be, and exactly how to keep them coming back for more. Caesars' dogged data-gathering methods have been so successful that they have grown to become the world's largest casino operator, and have inspired companies of all kinds to ramp up their own data mining in the hopes of boosting their targeted marketing efforts. Some do this themselves. Some rely on data brokers. Others clearly enter a moral gray zone that should make American consumers deeply uncomfortable. We live in an age when our personal information is harvested and aggregated whether we like it or not. And it is growing ever more difficult for those businesses that choose not to engage in more intrusive data gathering to compete with those that do. Tanner's timely warning resounds: Yes, there are many benefits to the free flow of all this data, but there is a dark, unregulated, and destructive netherworld as well.
If you’ve read and loved the Las Vegas Sinners series, catch up with the couples in this collection of short stories! Life in Las Vegas is changing for the Sinners family in a big way. When Carter Phlynn gets an offer to coach for Pittsburgh, he ignores it. Until his wife finds the letter. No stranger to sacrificing for the ones she loves, Jacey isn’t about to let her retired hockey player husband fade away in upper management when his heart is still on the ice, but encouraging him to follow his dream means walking away from hers—the hockey team she inherited from her father and raised from obscurity to the sport’s highest honor. Sinners goalie, Shane Reese, grew up with Carter. The move could mean growing apart from the man who’d been his brother. As one of the team’s sport psychologists, Allie Kallen-Reese faces potentially losing her job if new ownership decides they don’t need her, but her biggest struggle is opening up and letting her husband shoulder some of her worries—one skill she’s never fully developed. Jacey’s brother, Madden Vaughn, left the Sinners organization to launch a financial planning business that found much success, but family has always been the most important thing to him. He’s been engaged to Saralynn Reese, head of Sinners PR, for two years but every time he tries to make plans, she claims it’s not a good time. If he wants Jacey to be at the wedding, he’ll have to act fast, but Saralynn has a lifetime of commitment issues to contend with. Dylan Cole, young captain of the Sinners, is due for a contract renewal, but after a less-than-impressive few seasons, new ownership might easily trade him to land a different player. Las Vegas had become a home he shared with Lori Kelly, his Olympic figure skater girlfriend. They trained on the same ice, lived in the same apartment, and shared the same goals for the future. But Lori’s last chance at a gold medal depends on the money she makes starring in Sin City on Ice. If he got traded, would she follow? Grayson Gunn left his hockey career on a high note and took a job as an assistant coach for the Sinners. A head coach offer from the Carson City Saints, the Sinners minor league affiliate, has him thinking. If only it didn’t mean moving seven hours away from the love of his life. As the Sinners’ assistant physician, Olivia Parker is tied to the team whether it stays in Vegas or moves out of state. Things have been better than ever with Grayson, but could she give up her dream to follow him and his? Sin City is about to get seriously complicated.
Four friends, Michele, Kellie, Stacey and Gina travel to Las Vegas to live out their sexual fantasies in ¿What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas.¿ These girls do whatever¿s necessary to bring their wild and erotic fantasies to life. Michele debuts as a stripper at a local strip club mesmerizing the patrons as she unleashes her freaky side on and off stage. Kellie, after role playing with her husband for years, takes her tricks on the road and spends her time in Vegas picking up strange men and performing unwifely acts. Stacey dances at a bachelor party. Her alluring method of dancing turns the party into an orgy like atmosphere and leaves the groom with memories of a night he¿ll never forget. Gina fulfills her fantasy by having sexual encounters with multiple partners. Once they return home to their normal lives, they discover that what happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas as they are forced to face the consequences of the lies, deceit and adultery they committed during their getaway gone wild.
Bored administrative assistant, Tessa Golden, is trapped in a life of lousy weather, irritating bosses, and mind-numbing secretarial work. Her dreams of being an artist have rapidly deteriorated into building things out of paperclips while on hold with tech support. To make matters even worse, the love of her life has gone off and married another woman.So when Tessa is suddenly transferred to the Las Vegas branch of her company - playing wingwoman to her freshly divorced boss, juggling a client from hell, and catching the eye of one very eligible coworker - will her life finally be shaken up enough to straighten itself out?
Southern belle Evie Harrison has learned to disguise her rebelliousness and be ladylike at all times. But ladies are certainly not supposed to get pregnant from one sinful night with a drop-dead gorgeous stranger. Evie's scandalous baby bombshell and the dangerously attractive billionaire Nick Rocco are tantalizing gossip-column fodder that could ruin the Harrison family--even a shotgun marriage is better than an illegitimate heir. So Evie says "I do," preparing herself for a wedding night more explosive than she dares imagine....
'Full of fun, friendship and romance - a real escapist treat' Jill Shalvis In the first warm, funny and romantic novel in the Girls' Weekend Away series, four best friends embark on the ultimate girls' getaway filled with hijinks and a sprinkling of romance. For any fan of Bridesmaids and Sex and the City and readers of Jo Watson, Lauren Layne, Joanna Bolouri and Cate Woods. When the cop... Tough-as-nails detective Bonni Connolly is on a girls' getaway in Vegas with her friends, when Lady Luck shines on her. Seizing the chance to treat them all, Bonni splurges on a little luxury including a VIP booth in an exclusive club. That's when she sees him. Meets the gambler... Professional poker player Quinn Bryant is in town for one of the largest tournaments of the year. Fortune smiles on him when he spots Bonni across the dance floor. But what starts as a holiday fling soon turns into something more, as Bonni learns to see the man behind the poker face. The stakes have never been higher. Even though Bonni's trip has an end date and there is another tournament calling Quinn's name, their strong connection surprises them both. And by the end of the weekend they start to wonder if what happens in Vegas doesn't have to stay there... Look for the next escapist Girls' Weekend Away novel, Meet Me In San Francisco, coming soon! 'This book was hot and fun, perfect for a summer read. If you have a Vegas fantasy, this is your book!' Vicki Lewis Thompson, New York Times bestselling author 'This was a fun and steamy read about a girl's weekend in Vegas. It felt like an episode of Sex & The City' Marsi N., Goodreads 'What a fun book, I could not put it down! Bonni and her girlfriends are such a fun and wild cast of characters. They really make this book so fun' April B., Goodreads 'The perfect book for your next weekend read or that beach vacation you're going to take' Whiskey Angel Life Blog 'If you're looking for a fun summer read, I highly recommend this book' Jeanne M., Goodreads