Screen shot 2011-03-31 at 16.50.18.pngFind video surveillance intrusive? Uncomfortable with tracking of your web surfing habits? Your provider sifting through your email? Mining of your personal data without your approval or even knowledge?

How about your every movement being tracked, stored, and analyzed? Well, chances are your cell phone and operator are doing that, too. Only normally, you never see it happen.

But German politician Malte Spitz got hold of this cell-phone data. 6 months worth, 35831 data points. And he decided to publish it – to demonstrate just how invasive even everyday technology can be.

The German magazine ‘Die Zeit’ has this english-language article – a great read. But what’s even more fascinating is that the data was turned into an interactive visualization. It’s in German, but all you need to do is to click on the ‘play’ button. You’ll see Spitz’ phone being tracked across Germany, with timing and duration of calls and Internet connections, including linkage to his tweets and blog entries.

Here is a New York Times article on the same topic.

YOU are being watched, too … right now.


— Terrence