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Europe Data Protection Digest | Reporter Explores Personal Data Held by Large Sites Related reading: EU launches initiatives to help end law enforcement encryption debate


In a column for The Guardian, James Ball discovers what personal information is held about him by Google and Facebook. Using EU rights to make requests on personal data held by these online companies, Ball wonders "exactly how much the Internet giants know about us." After reviewing his personal data, Ball concludes, "The tour through a decent swath of my personal data is at once disturbing and comforting...Among the huge tranche of information available to Google and Facebook alone is virtually everyone I know, a huge amount of what I've said to--and about--them and a vast amount of data on where I've been."
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