Posts tagged "privacy"

Metadata surveillance investigation

Metadata can tell you a lot, and most of us agree that it's not “just metadata” at this point. The Share Lab shows what one can find, just using everyday tools and relatively straightforward analysis. Although our investigation primarily discovered relations, patterns and anomalies of someone’s work life, it still gave us an insight into that person’s habits that border with private life. In the end, metadata scans someone’s behaviors...

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A month in the life of personal location and messaging metadata

Data researcher and artist Mimi Onuoha looked at the personal location and messaging data from four groups of people in a project called Pathways. It's less about how much we can find out from a person's traces and more about what the data doesn't capture. The interesting thing about this group was the degree to which their data couldn't capture the reality of what they were experiencing. I was present...

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Fun in exchange for personal data

Sensible Data by Martin Hertig is an installation that asks what personal data is worth to you. Using a photo of you and an email, it gives you a self-portrait sketch and guess at your mood, age, gender, and beauty based on your words. In the last step, the user presses a button for a nice stamp. There's a catch though. This project allowed me to explore the issues of...

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Surveillance selfie with cell phone metadata

How much can you find out from “just the metadata” about your cell phone? ABC News in Australia aims to find out. Australia's new data retention laws mean phone and internet companies have to save this information for two years: that's every time you call someone, where you call them from, which cell tower your phone pings every time it connects to the internet, and more. On a mission to...

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How stolen data affects you

You typically hear about data breaches in terms of number of records that were hacked. "A million email addresses were stolen" or "hackers ripped off 100,000 passwords." Does anyone care? After the initial gasp-shock-horror, we move on and everyone forgets until the next time it happens. However, if a hack affects you in some way, you pay closer attention. That long random string password reminds you every time you log...

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A surveillance system that watches over an entire city

Technology continues to advance quickly, but the social questions are lagging a bit. Radiolab explores the topic of we-can-but-should-we from the perspective of a surveillance system that watches an entire city twenty-four-seven. On the one hand, the system allows authorities to find criminals more efficiently. On the other hand, everyone is watched. Tags: privacy, security

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Browser extension shows where you really are on the web

The Citizen Ex browser extension guesses where you're geographically located on the web. That is, it guesses where the server — the one you just pulled that website from — is in the world. It also guesses where you are physically located. The extension keeps track of these locations and computers something called Algorithmic Citizenship. Algorithmic Citizenship is a form of citizenship which is not assigned at birth, or through...

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Upgraded self, but there’s a catch

With wearables and cheaper and advancing tech, the how part of personal data collection is fairly straightforward. So now we move into the more socially complex questions around privacy, money, and usage. Ariana Eunjung Cha for the Washington Post looks a bit closer at the quantified self. Federal patient privacy rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act don’t apply to most of the information the gadgets are tracking....

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Dick pics, privacy, and the NSA

Did you watch the latest Last Week Tonight with John Oliver yet? You should. It's on government surveillance, presented in a way that's relevant and entertaining for all. Tags: privacy

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Health data breaches and fines

When health data is lost and stolen, it's a big deal. It's not just email addresses or passwords that can be changed (although still significant). There are things about you and your body that only your doctor should know. So when there's a breach of millions of records without much penalty it makes you wonder. Sisi Wei and Charles Ornstein for ProPublica highlight reported data breaches to the U.S. Department...

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