Digital trails

Digital trails

Introduction

Digital trails

You decide where you use your bank card and what you use it for. The bank records it. You decide what search criteria you use on Google. The browser records it. You decide what you buy online. The website stores the data. During the course of a normal day, you leave behind many traces. And they can stay there for a very long time. This information is interesting to a lot of people.

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  • Facts

      • The filter bubble
      • Like an open diary?
      • Cookies
      • Anonymous?
      • Personalised advertising
      • Be vigilant - expose online fraud!
      • Identity theft
      • You share your data with more people than you think
      • What is metadata?

    Practical examples

    • Fired after being monitored
    • Daily reports of Internet fraud
    • The e-mail scam
    • More than 240,000 Norwegians are subject to identity theft
    • Torch app re-sold data about users
    • Digital footprints can cost you your job
    • Tricked by a fake online store

Exercises

Discussion

  1. Talk about it in class. Help each other find out how to: - delete the history in your browser - delete temporary Internet files - change the privacy settings in your browser - change the privacy settings in the social networks you use.
  2. Choose two applications that you have downloaded onto your phone. - Try to find out what information about you or your contacts the applications can access. - What do you think the applications use the data for?
  3. It may be difficult to imagine how much information you have given out. - Make a list of all entities you think have data about you: both commercial entities (such as Internet operators, phone operators, gyms and banks) and public entities (such as government authorities, local authorities, hospitals and schools). - Is the list longer than you thought it would be?
  4. Split the class into groups and search various words on Google (make sure that you have logged out of all Google services): - Compare the hits on the first page. Do you get different hits? - If there are differences between the hits you get, what do you think the reason for this is?
  5. DNA testing of newborn babies and a DNA register of all citizens in a country could help prevent future crime. - Does it seem like a good idea to introduce such a register in Norway? - What could the problems be?

Exercises

Individual exercises

  1. Many people want information about you, your Internet habits and your interests. - See if you can find out what information you give out on different websites. - Make a list of the information you are happy to share and what information you would prefer to keep private. - Do you think it is OK that a commercial party knows everything about you? Why/why not? - Search your own name on Google. Did you find anything you didn't know was there?
  2. It is important to check your privacy settings so that you are in control of your data. - Choose a social networking site you belong to. Have you checked your privacy settings and do you know who can access your profile? - Do you know who can access your different data? - Do you know who owns the pictures you post and who is entitled to use them?
  3. If there is a ‘filter bubble’, how would that be relevant to you, your society and democracy?

Videos

What is digital responsibility?

What is digital responsibility, and why do we need it? This short film is made by Sølvsuper on behalf of dubestemmer.no.

Legislation

Legislation

The Norwegian Personal Data Act
This act is there to ensure that your data is used in a way that respects you. Its purpose is to ensure that your personal data are not used in a way that violates your privacy. Some of the most important sections are: The definitions in Section 2, the basic requirements for the processing of personal data in Section 11, the right of access in Section 18 and other rights in Sections 27 and 28.

The Norwegian General Civil Penal Code
Section 190a, Identity theft (hacking, facerape):
A fine or up to 2 years imprisonment will be imposed on any person who unjustifiably takes possession of another person's identity documents or who acts under another person's identity or an identity that is easy to confuse with another person's identity, with intent:
a) to obtain an unlawful gain for him or herself or another, or
b) to inflict loss or disadvantage on another.
Complicity is punishable in the same manner.

Digital trails

You decide where you use your bank card and what you use it for. The bank records it. You decide what search criteria you use on Google. The browser records it. You decide what you buy online. The website stores the data. During the course of a normal day, you leave behind many traces. And they can stay there for a very long time. This information is interesting to a lot of people.

Illustrasjon digitale spor 13-17 år