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The biggest mall in the country busted allegedly spying on visitors

The biggest mall in the country busted allegedly spying on visitors
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The Mall of America has weight behind it. Even if you've never seen Minnesota's mega-mall, you've still probably heard about it, because it's the United States's biggest shopping center.

Now, the mall is currently under investigation for spying on Minnesota protesters. The Intercept broke the story:

Documents obtained by The Intercept indicate that security staff at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota used a fake Facebook account to monitor local Black Lives Matter organizers, befriend them, and obtain their personal information and photographs without their knowledge. Evidence of the fake Facebook account was found in a cache of files provided by the Mall of America to Bloomington officials after a large Black Lives Matter event at the mall on December 20 protesting police brutality.

Officials with The Mall of America sent Advertising Age a statement which didn't confirm The Intercept's story, but didn't deny it either:

Our security teams use a careful combination of physical means, some of which our guests can see and many of which they cannot see, as well as digital means such as social media.

So the company confirmed that its security team uses social media, but did not verify whether or not they used it to spy on protesters. If the idea of malls following you online worries you, then you'll definitely want to find out how to stop online advertisers from tracking you. I explain how to do it in this tip.

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