Every hour of every day, our digital interactions are being recorded and logged. We live in the age of ‘big data’, where seemingly mundane information about how we go about our lives has enormous value.
Four Corners, with the help of expert data trackers, we follow the information trail of an ordinary Australian family. We follow their data over a typical day, watching as it is surreptitiously recorded by government agencies and private organisations.
Who gathers the information, what are they doing with it and what are your legal rights?
When we comment on a friend’s Facebook wall, upload some pictures or publish a blog post, we leave a trace. A digital footprint that can tell people who google us a gerat deal about us. This ABC Australia story explains more:
Tomorrow, we’ll look at how Google can help us keep track of our digital footprint.
An ABC news item from 23 July explains that rather than the Australian government regulating Facebook in terms of age of users, “teenagers and parents should instead be familiarising themselves with the platform in a safe and appropriate way”. Read the whole report here.