Data collection can affect peoples lives

Data collection can affect the control of peoples lives in both the physical and online worlds. This is because people make many decisions based on information, whether or not that information is true, or the lack of information. This can apply to the use of peoples data in cases such as filter bubbles where we […]

Trust

Trust is an integral part of our lives. When meeting somebody new, going to a website or dealing with a government agency there is a level of trust involved. It isn’t expected that a person has extra information about the relationship through cyber-stalking, that the website is using tracking technology to see what sites you […]

Who tracks me?

Earlier this week arXiv from the Cornell University Library released one of the first papers to study who is tracking users in depth. The data was sourced by Who Tracks Me using more than 780 million page loads over the course of 10 months. Previous attempts at measuring tracking on the Internet were flawed as […]

Maintaining Appropriate Social Boundaries

Privacy allows people to maintain appropriate social boundaries in a number of ways. These can be physical, mental, sexual, spiritual or emotional and it are an important factor regulating our relationships with others and ourselves. The massive collection of data has caused a change in the dynamic of those boundaries. Now what is done in […]

Reputation management

Reputations are very important to people and this holds true on the Internet. The problem with an on-line reputation is that it can’t be seen but can still be acted on. A person might never realise that it is why they didn’t get a loan, or be admitted to a school. Worse, a person might […]