Through your computer, mobile phone, and other digital devices, you leave behind hundreds of digital traces (also called data traces) every day: bits of information about you that are created, stored, and collected.
When your digital traces are put together to create stories about you or profiles of you, these become your digital shadows. These can give others huge insight into your life; and they can also be totally wrong. Either way, once they're out there, they are almost impossible to control....
We leave hundreds of digital traces every day. What are they and how do we create them?
Once digital traces are created, they usually leave our immediate control and land up in the hands of others.
A closer look at the often-made claim that "effective anonymisation is possible".
There are a lot of companies following you around the internet, and tracking your location through your mobile phone. Why are they collecting information about you? And how do they get access to this information?
There's a lot you can actually see for yourself.
Why that argument is beside the point, and why tracking actually matters. For all of us.
We live in a world currently suffering from an extreme case of Obsessive Collection Disorder. What is actually going on? Where do we fit in? What does all of this mean for us? This section takes a deeper, more in-depth look at things.
See how you're being tracked when you read news online.
Watch this space!
Resources on privacy from other excellent organisations and individuals:
Talk: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World
- NDC 2015
Choose the services you use and find the metadata traces you leave
- The Guardian
Personalised documentary series: Privacy and the web economy.
- Do No Track
Talk: Why you need to care about privacy, even if you have nothing to hide.
Gender, privacy and digital security manual.
- Tactical Tech
How to communicate online in a way that’s private, secret and anonymous.
- The Intercept