Mar 312014
 March 31, 2014  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Patrick Tucker describes an interesting study out of MIT about how metadata may be used to identify personality type:

The researchers, Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Jordi Quoidbach, Florent Robic and Sandy Pentland, had 100 students fill out surveys to determine their personality along five distinct personality types:

  • Neurotic: Defined roughly as a higher than normal tendency to experience unpleasant emotions
  • Open: Defined as broadly curious and creative
  • Extroverted: As in, looks toward others for stimulation
  • Agreeable: As in warm, compassionate, and cooperative
  • Conscientiousness: Self-disciplined organized and eager for success

These types are in keeping with the so-called Five Factor Model of Personality, a widely used method for describing personality traits. Once the researchers had the survey data to show how each of the subjects fell along the spectrum, they examined the subjects’ phone records between March 2010 and June 2011, well within the new 18-month window. Specifically they looked at these metadata elements:

  • Basic phone use including the number of calls
  • Active user behaviors, as in the number of calls initiated, and the time it took the subject to answer a text
  • Location, or how far the subject moved, the number of places from which calls have been made, and other indicators of so-called radius of gyration
  • Regularity of calling routine
  • Diversity, defined as the ratio between the subject’s total number of contacts and the relative frequency at which he or she interacts with them

Read more on DefenseOne.

Thanks to Joe Cadillic for this link.

Mar 312014
 March 31, 2014  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

James Hutchinson reports:

Recording private conversations or activities using Google’s Glass eyewear or similar wearable technologies without consent could become illegal under a push to overhaul state and federal privacy laws.

The Australian Law Reform Commission discussion paper, released on Monday morning, recommended 47 legislative changes aimed at updating existing privacy laws for the digital age.

Read more on Financial Review.

Mar 312014
 March 31, 2014  Posted by  Breaches

Dave Pierre reports:

While young and aspiring fashion models are rarely known to shy away from publicity and recognition, last night’s episode of ABC’s new Nightline Prime (Sat., 3/29/14) may have revealed personal information that most young girls do not want to divulge to the entire world – information that could theoretically jeopardize their safety.

The episode was about the cut-throat world of young, aspiring models and how model scouts in Brazil are on the hunt for the “next top model,” ala Gisele Bundchen and Alessandra Ambrosio, two Brazil natives.

Near the end of the show, as the program featured an enormous casting event for aspiring models in front of Brazil’s leading talent scouts, the camera panned and focused on a scout’s list of attendees. Shockingly, the email addresses and birth dates of over a dozen girls – some as young as 14 – were clearly legible.

Read more on NewsBusters.