Information Loss updates

Since I first blogged about the 4d’s of information loss, I have a few updates.

Source: WikipediaFirstly, what happens to your social network account matters financially. The Irish tax authorities are keeping an eye on Facebook and LinkedIn. And depending on what happens on your account may effect you being audited. In the case of a nasty divorce… its possible to create fake announcements which just might lead to an audit.

In the case of a death, LinkedIn will…

“attempt to gather as much information to make sure that the claim is legitimate. [They] take our members privacy very seriously. Once [they] have sufficient evidence [they] can remove the account. Unfortunately there is no notification that goes out to all of their contacts.”

This apparent network might not even be a true reflection of who-knows-who. Jaiku Invites is an example of this. When Google bought Jaiku they shut down new user registrations. There are a lot of people out there who would love to join and take part in all the great discussions we have there, particularly around events like OpenCoffee and BarCamps. Luckily each existing member was given 10 invites that they could hand out and CiarĂ¡n Rooney created a method to do this. However this means that the inviter does not know the invitee despite the apparent connection made. (And hello to those strangers who used my invites).

And it is still easy to loose the information by, loosing the laptop. Just ask the UK government who lost over 1,000 laptops (full of information) over the last few years.

I do have a death update, but that is something for a post of its own.

take care,


2 thoughts on “Information Loss updates

  1. Hey Will, I think the this data creep is an interesting side effect of the whole project. I’d love to be able to monitor to see how it effects users, do people stay connected or not etc.

    Gmail has to be the worst offender for this type of automatic network connection, I mean just because I email someone a few time does not mean I want them on my IM buddy list or to share may favourite blog posts with them.

  2. Oddly enough, I’m looking at part of that creep now, and how users have been trained to be phished. I’ll admit now that its from the Blogtalk breakout sessions, but its literally on my list.

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