Privacy has been at the center of social networking over the past couple of years. In fact, Facebook dedicates a great amount of time and money to protecting their users. But after a major hack to Twitter 2 weeks ago and one close call for Facebook just a couple of days ago, what you are about to read might push you over the edge to deactivation.
A screencast released by The Guardian shows a principle investigator from Riot (rabid information overlay technology) demonstrating Raytheon’s cyber tracking software. The main idea of the software is to pull together data from multiple social networks to create the big picture, also known as your life. Take a look:
Throughout the video, Brian Urch shows us how easy it is to peruse the social data of others. At one point in the video, he states that “if you ever did want to try to get hold of Nick, or maybe get hold of his laptop, you might want to visit the gym at 6am on a Monday”.
When you post something online, there’s no holding it back from the entire universe. However, if somebody can bypass your privacy settings this easy, just think about the rest of your personal data. Just make sure that you have no reason to be hunted down by a crazed computer hacker.
The release of this screencast is not the least bit earth-shattering. This kind of technology exists at a handful of other companies throughout the world. However, the fact that this video is from November of 2010 should creep you out a little bit. More specifically, it took over 2 years for this video to go public and Raytheon has had 2 years to improve or distribute this software.
How do you feel about sharing your life online? Did reading this article change your thoughts in any way? Let us know in the comments below.
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