Erasing in the algorithmic extreme: Mimi Cabell and Jason Huff’s 'American Psycho'

Kaja Marczewska

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In 2012 Google faced a privacy lawsuit over accessing users’ data and disclosing it to advertisers without permission. The accusations of breach of contract and fraud presented Google’s practices as illegal wiretapping. [1] The claims followed a change in policy Google introduced on March 1, 2012, and were filed as a national class action. Before March 2012, individual privacy policies existed for each of Google’s products. [2] But the new policy treats each of Google’s users as a single entity, across all services, as a result giving the company the right to combine information from multiple sources.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Mimi Cabell
  • Jason Huff
  • Bret Easton Ellis
  • American Psycho
  • erasure
  • algorithm
  • user profiling
  • targeted advertising
  • algorithmic criticism
  • Google


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