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EU Data Retention – Your phone company is watching – TED Video


German Green politician Malte Spitz went to court to obtain the information that his cell phone operator, Deutsche Telekom, gathered (and kept) about his activity. The results astonished him. Over the course of six months, they had tracked his geographical location and what he was doing with his phone more than 35,000 times.

Working with the German newspaper Die Zeit, an infographic was created that shows Spitz’s activity across an interactive timeline, combined DT’s geolocation data with information relating to his life as a politician, such as Twitter feeds, blog entries and website. By pushing the play button, viewers can set off on a detail-rich trip through six months of his life. And more, because he keeps asking the telecom company for his most recent data.

Spitz, a member of the Executive Committee of the German Green Party, is responsible for media and new-media policies, civil liberties and privacy issues.

“Seen individually, the pieces of data are mostly inconsequential and harmless. But taken together, they provide what investigators call a profile–a clear picture of a person’s habits and preferences, and indeed, of his or her life.”

“Betrayed by Our Own Data,” Die Zeit

In Conclusion:

  • 1984 – each home had a teleprompter – today’s surveillance teleprompter is your iPhone. Get over it…
  • Even if you switch the mobile off, the Telco can turn it on without your knowledge – unless you’ve remove the battery.
  • To sidestep Data Retention  – remove the mobile battery.
  • No power = no pulsing the network = no records

Or you can apply under the Data Protection Act to get your data retention records – if you want to have the shock of your life.

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