Is your personal information protected? Did Trump win through leveraging psychometrics? Are you vulnerable from using an Android VPN app? Are Smart Cities beneficial or threatening to privacy? What makes a data scientist the best? Could hiring a data scientist be as easy as booking an Uber? What does your Facebook profile say about you?
On reflection of international Data Privacy Day (DPD) yesterday, this week's issue will be mainly focused on privacy. DPD aims to educates consumers on how they can protect their data and their online privacy.
This week Facebook released an easily digestable and mobile friendly 'Privacy Basic' policy. Great for helping young people understand their digital footprint and managing their privacy.
Slightly old but EXCELLENT perspective on why we should all care about our privacy and why it should be protected as a basic human right. Simply put: "Don’t confuse privacy with secrecy. I know what you do in the bathroom, but you still close the door. That’s because you want privacy, not secrecy." As recent events have shown, you can't predict the future. Personal data can become dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands.. 🙃
Gillian Tett argues that Cambridge Analytica (behavioural microtargeting pros) helped Trump win the election - by targeting thousands of individuals in swing states. Trump used this to decide where to spend his campaigning time and what message would be most effective. Cambridge Analytica, which is a massive Republican donor, claims to hold 5,000 data points on every adult in America. 😳
It was revealed that the NHS has been sharing patient data with the Home Office in an attempt to crackdown on immigration. Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbot has called the data sharing "unacceptable" - but the guidelines do strictly state that data can only be shared when "other reasonable and appropriate efforts to locate them have failed".
Looking forward: are Smart Cities the next step or just a privacy threat? With the potential to hold data on every aspect of life, "from energy usage to how and where we travel", are the potential benefits worth the dangers? Giving this information to governments is risky, especially considering recent events, as it could easily be used to identify potential "troublemakers" or "use movement tracking to preempt political gatherings or protests". 😨