The art of getting lost

Posts for Tag: privacy

Thinking about photography and privacy in the deepest undersea tunnel

I took the express train from Aomori to Hakodate. This train passes through the longest and deepest undersea tunnel in the world – between Honshu and Hokkaido. While in the tunnel, the ride is as comfortable as it can be, it is not scary at all, and there is nothing much to look at. So I started looking at the travel magazine in the seat pocket.

Face blurred in a photo

I noticed that whenever a public space is shown, the editors blurred out the faces of the people. I had always assumed that posting images of people in public is fine. I like to study how people use technology and I probably have dozens of such images (of people in various countries using their mobiles etc) on my web. Now more I think about it, I feel I should respect people’s privacy more. These days I take pictures in ways where the faces cannot be identified or I try to blur the face just like in this picture.

Some questions

Do we inform people at an event that we will be posting the pictures online?

Would camera apps in future rather than tagging the faces you have shot will instead blur them out by default?

Some resources

iPhone photo app to hide parts of your body and face (Warning, the site has some naughty pics)

Android app to hide faces and other recognizable aspects from a picture.

Time we start going through the privacy and data policy of tools we teach in our technology sessions

I often run technology sessions for educators and professionals. Lately, I have been updating my lesson plans with an activity where I ask the participants to research the privacy and data policy of the services we are exploring. I feel it is important for us to know the company and their policies before we start posting our data. It is also a good idea to know if a service is popular, are their any negative comments regarding the service and how well has the company supported users.

Below  is an excerpt from a workshop on Evernote. The participants will have to  google for the answer to these questions. I am hoping it becomes a habit with me and my students. We should’nt join a service unless we spend some time looking at the policies or at least finding more information about the company.

What is Evernote’s data policy?

Who owns your data?

Under what conditions will Evernote pass your information to other services?

How long have they been in business? 

Who are the competitors and alternative services?