Feb 18 2010
Social media is today something most people use in one form or another; If it’s blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or whatever it may be. The discussion about personal integrity goes back and forth and culminated earlier around Swedish FRA and whether the government at all has the right to scan e-mail for information to protect the Swedish. As fast as most are looking at their rights, as fast are many to expose the most private details about themselves and not too often about their employer and its customers.
What most have also realized is that recruitment companies and potential employers today use Google and other tools to gather information about candidates and that inappropriate photos on, for example, Facebook may be crucial if your dream job is yours or not. In other words, the internet today is a gold mine to look for information about individual and where social media play a crucial role in the collection of information themselves – and it is published primarily by their own will.
The fact that the internet has been established as a global information database about private individuals and where one can find information about most people there is no doubt. Please Rob Me is an interesting experiment to show that one should think one or twice about what kind of information you make available through the internet. For those who have the need to tell their surroundings that they are on holiday or are away for the weekend or not is not uncommon on Twitter, or something like “on a great party in city”, etc, which is probably more than enough information for a burglar and often words like Leave or Left Home to indicate this. Just these words are what Please Rob Me is looking for to prove who and where any potential robbery victims live.
The intention is hardly inviting to commit crime; but rather revealing what opportunities the network provides today by correlating information which by itself wouldn’t be of any harm, but put together the social puzzle and it’s a gold mine. But, for who?