Anonymous Location Data Pinpoints People

You already know that your smartphone apps gather your location data and sell it. We’ve also all been told it’s anonymous—but as the New York Times reports, it’s so personal that while there’s no name attached, there is a life under a microscope for all to see. The Times reviewed data from over a million phones in the New York area. Their takeaways, conveyed beautifully …

Good, Bad, and Terrible GDPR Emails

Today is Day Zero for GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which is the European Union’s new privacy regulations—the new policy for any companies that use European residents’ personal information. The most visible result of this has been the countless emails you have probably been receiving, the majority beginning with, “We value your privacy…” FastCo has gathered what they are calling the good, the bad and …

“Seen” Points Out Words Prone to Surveillance

The idea of data surveillance can sometimes feel distant, as if it’s not actually affecting you directly. But in a new project called Seen, communications designer Emil Kozole points out how our everyday language can become prone to secret surveillance. Seen is a typeface that comes preloaded with a set of trigger words that organizations like the NSA or GCHQ often scan for when sifting …