We all know we live in the age of social media; everything we see, eat, wear and go get’s put out there for everybody to see. People don’t realize how much personal information they are giving out, and that anyone that puts their mind to it could find them.
Google know what you are looking for, what you like to look at, what you say in private, everywhere you travel etc. The CIA knows how to use your TV to spy on you, everything you say is being and do is being tracked 24/7, a lot of people don’t like to think about that and brush it off as crazy talk, but the truth is, you can find every shred of evidence in the world to prove that it is indeed, TRUE!
Like most people in our generation, I talk to people on the internet. One day I was talking to somebody I found on a website, they gave me a bad vibe, so I stopped talking to them. I was sitting in my living room and out of nowhere they sent me my childhood address (which I never gave them) and that I have never put on the internet. That just goes to show that no matter what, you can find ANYTHING about ANYBODY on the internet.
If you think you still have privacy, 21-year-old Russian photographer Egor Tsvetkov will convince you otherwise.
In a social experiment for an art project he was working on titled Your Face is Big Data, Tsvetkov spent weeks taking pictures of 100 strangers on the Saint Petersburg’s subway before using FindFace to track down their profiles among the 55 million users on Vkontakte.
Tsvetkov was able to identify around 70% of the passengers he photographed without their knowledge or consent.
“The idea of this project came to me when I first heard of the FindFace app. I instantly knew that I wanted to convey to people how this thing will work. The people did not react in any way, although I was quite obviously photographing them. My project is a clear illustration of the future that awaits us if we continue to disclose as much about ourselves on the Internet as we do now.”
Tsvetkov told the Guardian, that the project was done to prove the end of privacy as well as highlight the difference between a person’s real life look and the image the project online.
“Nobody noticed that I photographed them, but I used a simple camera and I didn’t try to hide it. One girl in the project texted me after the publication and said that it was a bad feeling when she saw herself, but she fully understood my idea.”
Just think about it, these facial recognition software’s are available for anybody to use, we are endangering ourselves by giving up so much on the internet:
“People are accustomed to differentiating patterns of behavior in society and social networks, and allow strangers to see what is, in their opinion, the best, most successful moments of their lives. Such digital narcissism is a product of a culture of free expression that is defining the boundaries of private and public in our time.”
“On a social network, people tend to present themselves as they would like to appear in other people’s eyes, which is often at variance with the way they really look in everyday life, say on the metro on their way to work. From the point of view of psychology, this is quite understandable.”
This project is a cruel reminder that there is no such thing as privacy in the modern world.