Thursday, July 4, 2013

Your All-Knowing Telephone

I'm not sure that anyone will be surprised by this completely, but seeing vs. being told how your phone allows you to be tracked is pretty disconcerting.

In Germany, Green party politician Malte Spitz sued Deutsche Telekom (Germany's equivalent to AT&T) to hand over six months of his phone data that his company stored on him.  He then offered this data to ZEIT ONLINE, one of Germany's largest newspapers.

Zeit Online combined his geolocation data with other somewhat public information...his digital trail so to speak...such as Twitter feeds, blog entries and websites, to create a map of his movements.

Screenshot of the interactive tracking map

When you push the play button, you will see where Malte Spitz's went, how long he stayed there and when he made phone calls.  Pretty eye-opening to say the least.

You can read and interact with the report here: ZeitOnline

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