Sunday, July 7, 2013
What, me worry? It's just metadata . . .
So it's just metadata? Forget about it, eh? That, I confess, has long been my mantra. But now I read this piece by John Naughton, one of Britain's (and Ireland's) leading experts on all things Internet. Naughton writes for the Observer and teaches at University of Cambridge. At the end of his short, sobering think-piece, he supplies a link that enables gmail-users to see what can instantly be discovered about them. I tried it out. And I am still reeling. This is just emailing. Add facebooking, tweeting, clicking through on links here, there, and everywhere. The mind boggles. Don't take my word for it. See for yourself. (If you enter the Immersion program, you can afterwards remove access.)