Memory and Database

Saturday, November 04, 2006

More Terminology - Data Shadow

data shadow n. The trackable data that a person creates by using technologies such as credit cards, cell phones, and the Internet.

Example Citation:
"It's not only spam that worries Garfinkel. It's the power that businesses wield with personal information. Take the case of a Los Angeles man who injured his leg in a supermarket; when he sued, the market used records of his alcohol purchases to malign his character. Our 'data shadows' — a term coined by Columbia professor Alan Westin — 'force us to live up to a new standard of accountability,' Garfinkel writes."
—Alex Lash, "Private Eyes," The Industry Standard, February 21, 2000

Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century (2001)
by Simson Garfinkel

Forget the common cold. Instead, consider the rise of "false data syndrome", a deceptive method of identification that's derived from numbers rather than more recognisable human traits. Simson Garfinkel couples this idea with concepts like "data shadow" and "data sphere" to paint a decidedly unappealing scenario in which advanced technology has overriden privacy protection in Database Nation.

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A very scary example of Data Shadow.


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