Surveys and data leaks

Going through my tweet-notifications, I found one from the UK Independent. Did I want to take part in a survey about being part of a world, where technology is changing at a break-neck pace, blablabla? Sure!

After the Independent got one of my mailboxes, used to capture spam and unwelcome advertisements … After having to agree to receiving “updates” and “latest news” in order to continue with the survey … I expected to be allowed to at least answer the first question, perhaps two, of the Independent’s survey?

Nada. Despite having more than 20 years work experience in Information Technology; despite being an active blogger, twitter and Facebook user … Despite using various software, platforms, related to various fields I dabble in … Despite possessing a lively interest in technological developments – especially in security … Despite using the internet and evolving technology …

You get it: the Independent decided that after obtaining my mail address – unaware it is the junk-mail one – kicked me off the survey-website, without allowing me a peep at its so-called survey. No – I checked and it was really an Independent survey, but just not interested in certain folks.

It kind of resembles Trump boasting about all those followers he has on social media. ed survey. Totally unaware and not intelligent enough to presume, that all those million account do not necessarily represent fans, supporters, admirers.

Ah well … fortunately, the next tweet drew my attention to an interesting article on the Independent website. A quick search on internet showed, the news was over 19 hours old. So I settled for a quick scan on the Washington Post’s website.

It’s subject – nah, not that related to the break-neck pace in which technology is changing. It’s just about the latest stupid privacy breach by folks not that IT-security-savvy. In this particular case, hacking was not even needed.

The private information of over 198 million Americans was collected by a marketing company paid by the US Republican National Committee. The information of US voters was stored on a publicly accessible server. Anybody with a link to the server had access to information of all these million Americans for nearly two weeks.

This certainly beats Russian hackers – for now.

UK Independent: US data leak
Washington Post: Republican contractor’s database of nearly every voter was left exposed on the Internet for 12 days


About Kate

Multilingual arts & culture journalist, blogger, columnist, writer and translator. Contributor to international (news) media. 2014 winning columnist Gentse Schrijversdagen, Gand, Belgium.
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