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me and my shadow

take control of your data

What are digital traces?

Through your computer, mobile phone, and other digital devices, you leave behind hundreds of digital traces (also called data traces) every day: bits of information about you that are created, stored, and collected. 

When your digital traces are put together to create stories about you or profiles of you, these become your digital shadows. These can give others huge insight into your life; and they can also be totally wrong. Either way, once they're out there, they are almost impossible to control.... 

Digital traces: content and metadata

We leave hundreds of digital traces every day. What are they and how do we create them?

How much control do we have over our data?

Once digital traces are created, they usually leave our immediate control and land up in the hands of others.

Can data actually be anonymised?

A closer look at the often-made claim that "effective anonymisation is possible".

who's collecting our DATA?

We're being followed around the internet, and tracked through our mobile phones. What personal data are companies and institutions collecting, and what for?    



7 Things we know you're going to say

"I've got nothing to hide"; "It's just the internet"; "But I'm just one in millions".....and four more.    

control your data:
simple how-to's  

How to change settings, block trackers, and choose usable alternative tools.

into the data society

We live in a world currently suffering from an extreme case of Obsessive Collection Disorder. What is actually going on? Where do we fit in? What does all of this mean for us? This section takes a deeper, more in-depth look at things.  



Who is reading over your shoulder when you read the news online?


More to come......

Watch this space!

Stuff We Like

Resources on privacy from other excellent organisations and individuals:


Bruce Schneier: Data and Goliath

Talk: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World
- NDC 2015

Undersea fiber

40 maps that help explain the internet

40 maps that will help you better understand where the internet came from, how it works, and how it's used by people around the world.
-Timothy B. Lee


Do Not Track

Personalised documentary series: Privacy and the web economy.
- Do No Track


Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

Talk: Why you need to care about privacy, even if you have nothing to hide.


Zen and the art of making tech work for you

Gender, privacy and digital security manual.
- Tactical Tech


Chatting in Secret While We're All Being Watched

How to communicate online in a way that’s private, secret and anonymous.
- The Intercept