The Ethics of Personal Data video transcript

In terms of what I would regard as personal data, I guess it’s my identity. Things that relate specifically to me.

It depends in what context. I want to analyse everything. What’s valuable to me, as in what I don’t want other people to have, privacy, nothing that I don’t share.

I enjoy the sharing of personal data. I will throw data out there again, whether its Tweets or status updates or whatever. I’ll throw data out there. But the data that I throw out there, that I proactively flood the web with is always data that in the end is data that will make me look good. Right?

I give away far too much data, liberally. Everybody knows I’m here so.

I like to selectively let people know where I am otherwise I don’t like it.

I think a lot of manufacturers are into this real-time location and situation-based information and there’s good transaction there. You’re essentially handing over your whereabouts and what outlets you might be near to and things. And they’re providing services like whether you’re going to wet and things like that when you’re trying to go for the train.

When you meet somebody, you choose what information to tell them and as you build up a relationship you might tell them more and more. But you don’t say "hello I’m Paul, I’m whatever age, I’m married with so many children" - you don’t do that straight away.

It would be more as the relationship evolves and I think that’s in some way the problem we’re in - in that there’s no mutual exchange of data. You know when I go to the supermarket they collect all my data but they give me very little data about what they do with their money.

At the moment I’m pretty fit and healthy. I don’t mind someone knowing my blood pressure or my pulse rate. I quite like that. Slightly competitive. I might tweet that I’ve been for a jog or jumping in the north sea as I actually do quite a lot but then but then is there a trend in my data?

So what happens if being public with my health data reveals something about me that I didn’t know, that I’d probably want to find out first before the rest of the world knows about it?

You implicate other people in activities, behaviours, assumptions, when you put relational data online.

I do have Foursquare but I usually use it to see if there’s somebody that I want to avoid.

I’m not letting it concern me because if I did think about it, I would be overly concerned.

It’s about personal risk assessment – worried about if that information is ever so precious to me. Which it isn’t to an extent when I know that it’s going into some anonymous data store. These are very personal choices and I think that there should be the ability for everybody to make their personal choices.

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