Just the other day, thanks to big data, I encountered a scare.
You see, I decided to dinner out. Nothing extraordinary. I looked up a restaurant online, used my mobile phone to guide me there, and enjoyed my meal. All routine stuffs.
Life was good until later that night when a survey pop’d-up on my mobile phone. Some third party solicited my review of the restaurant where I had dinner. Talking about a surprise. Was I being followed?
The culprit, I later figured out, was the global position system on my mobile phone. It tracked my where about (at the restaurant) and the duration I was there. The big data world figured out I must had dinner there.
What a weird feeling!
I used to get paranoid about someone in the cyberspace reading my email. Let alone, someone tracking me.
Don’t get me wrong, I still worry about my online privacy. But the proliferation of digital devices now-a-day have me resigned to the reality of trading my personal data (whenever I agreed to the terms of service) for convenience.
How concerned (or not) are you about your online privacy?