datenkraken

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Datenkraken, plural of Datenkrake, itself a compound of Daten (data) and Krake (octopus), invoking an imagery of such a company being an octopus having its virtual "tentacles" deeply penetrating its users' online habits.

Noun[edit]

datenkraken pl (plural only)

  1. (disapproving) Internet-oriented companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook that have a large number of users and possess detailed personal information on them, presumably without their consent.