"Pardon me, your metadata is showing."
July 26, 2011 6:38 PM Subscribe
Thinking out loud - after reading many articles on the G+ naming problem, it occurred to me all the myriad ways that someone using a pseudonym could accidentally expose their real name.
posted by Calzephyr to technology (26 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
My traditional field is records management, so I am keenly aware of the ways privacy might be violated online and offline (and have seen several real life examples of such). I have also seen the pseudonyms of some people fall apart on forums and such.
Some examples I have come up with are:
- WHOIS search where privacy protection has not been purchased
- Metadata in Office documents that include someone's "real name"
- Geotagged photos
- Receipts with a "real name" on it, either paper or electronic
- Using the same username across various sites
- A computer named the same as the secret name
Are there other ways? I want to find out because I feel that focusing on one problematic service seems to blot out the ways other services can harvest, share or display personal information. It would be nice to use the G+ discussions as an opportunity to teach others that privacy problems exist everywhere.
BTW, while I am normally an optimistic person, I'm pessimistic about privacy. I tend to think that it is mostly an illusion or never existed to begin with. Not sure why I think this way, but maybe it's because my brother snooped through my diary as a kid ;-)