Privacy Files: Metadata

How much sensitive information can you learn about a person from the metadata on her phone? It is a question which goes to the heart of the issue of mass surveillance practiced by the National Security Agency et. al.

Both President Obama and Senator Feinstein have dismissed the sensitivity of metadata. According to Obama, it’s not “content.” And DiFi, in one of her most insightful talking points on the issue, said, “It’s just metadata.”

So is metadata just metadata? Grad students from Stanford have been conducting a phone metadata privacy study and have

found that phone metadata is unambiguously sensitive, even in a small population and over a short time window.

For more on the study, its methodology and detailed findings, go HERE.

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