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Is privacy a luxury good?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-03 00:44

How much does it cost to keep your information from prying eyes? Julia Angwin, ProPublica reporter and author of "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance," shelled out nearly $2,500 to protect her data. From the encrypted cloud service to the burner laptop, she found that privacy really is a luxury good. 

"People who are like me, tech elites basically, are going to get these sophisticated tools to really carefully manage our data. But the group of people who aren't empowered, don't have time or money to have these tools are going to be on what I call a giant suckers' list," Angwin said. 

A wealth gap in the world of privacy could mean a very different online reality depending on your income.

According to Angwin, websites will soon dynamically create themselves based on your data, determining what product options are available to you. 

First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 23:38

You got in! But just how much money is that school offering you? Financial aid award letters can be confusing, so we've put together a sample letter — and translated it into plain English.

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NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 23:38

After a horrendous October rollout, the ACA is viewed a little more favorably now. But the number of people who intensely oppose the law is 12 percentage points higher than those who strongly back it.

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Powerful Aftershock Hits Chilean Coast

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 20:11

A day after an 8.2-magnitude quake, the northern coast of Chile was struck by an aftershock that triggered a tsunami alert and caused a precautionary evacuation of low-lying areas.

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