We all know, even though we might choose to try to ignore, that our data isn’t really ours anymore. We all join in when it comes to joining in on special savings programmes when we buy something at the supermarket and such, we leave our details behind without really thinking about it and we are still a little surprised when we get very targeted ad’s in front of us when we use a search engine. We are selling our data and have been doing so for many  many years. Not as obvious perhaps, for some, but thinking ‘free’ services are truly free remains a way for us to fool ourselves into thinking we are master of our own data still.

I think that sometimes, some people do something that is extraordinary and  might just wake up the crowds to what is going on. We had plenty of those in the recent years as it seems that, with the era of Aquarius, there truly won’t be a way to keep the bad and wrongdoings hidden. Kudos’ to Shawn Buckles and the attention he brings to something that might, at some point, get to be an issue.

And no, I don’t have real issues with leaving data behind as we all do that and always will. The data that I leave somewhere is inevitable, but … and this is a big but … what doe make me think twice aout it is the way all those loose bit of data are getting connected to each other more and and more. Systems will (or truthfully, already are) make assumptions on these combinations and I truly think they’ll never be able to do so with a human touch. Or at least, not for many years to come. And I do worry a little on what assumptions that might turn out to be. Will those automatic filters be able to differentiate between saying something in jest or as a conspiracy? I doubt it. mistakes will be made.

And what might even worry me more is the following. Years ago I was at an event with many pretty important IT managers and support staff of some major corporations. Already then, this topic of data ‘mining’ came up and what frightened me most was the way they all seemed to agree that “it would be fun to scour through the data and that they would know more about those people behind the data the anyone else, even their bosses” . Remember, data itself doesn’t, at least not to my knowledge, misuse itself but people can. And people can do so for many reasons.

Do we trust people or machines ….or neither?

The article that brought on this sharing of thoughts can be read here:

A Dutch student has taken the bold decision to sell all his data at auction. It’s a decision that should make us think about the future of our own information.

In an auction on April 12, Shawn Buckles sold his complete “data soul” — his location records, his medical records, his personal calendar, the content of his emails and all the information from his social media communications. He sold his online conversations, his consumer preferences and his Internet browsing history. The lot. And for his soul he received €350.

Read the whole article here


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