The End Of Privacy
Is privacy still possible? For a lot of people, the answer is no. That cell phone in your pocket? It's leaving a digital trail. The Facebook quiz you took? It may be scraping your personal information. In this series, Martin Kaste explores the giant pool of personal data we're creating and privacy in the digital age.
Information doesn't fade the way it used to. Records once forgotten in long-lost files are now searchable online — perhaps forever. Some computer researchers are looking for ways to give data a life span. But others think we should adapt to a new reality of data that will never die.
October 28, 2009 If you use a mobile phone, you're leaving a record of where you've been. But where does your phone say you are? If it relies on cell phone towers for that information, your location may be vague. GPS-enabled phones are more specific. The difference between the two can be miles wide.
October 27, 2009 A growing number of companies are trawling social networks looking to scrape up data about you and your friends. For instance, that Facebook quiz you just took? It opened up your photos, political views —- even your sexual preference — to the stranger who wrote it.
October 26, 2009 Is privacy still possible? For a lot of people, the answer is no, as companies collect personal data in ever-increasing volumes. It flows from online sources — everything from gambling sites to dating services. Even some of your medical information is fair game.
October 28, 2009 Here, key moments that have shaped your privacy in the digital age.
October 27, 2009 Kinsey Wilson, of NPR digital media, responds to a comment on NPR.org from a reader concerned about the site's use of tracking cookies. According to Wilson, those bits of text stored on a user's computer improve site navigation while keeping the user anonymous.