A video went viral last week in which the host, Jack Vale, decided he wanted to know “how easy it would be to get personal information from complete strangers.” Vale located nearby social media users by using his own location and identifying nearby users who publicly posted basic personal information. It turned out that identifying and gleaning additional personal data was relatively simple. This installment of Privacy Perspectives explores the experiment, looking at “what seems to be a common disconnect between our online and offline lives” and possible lessons for online businesses.
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