WATCH: Data Scientist Goes Before PH Senate to Demonstrate What Google Has on All of Us
In fact, it might be most useful to us end users, who are the first to click yes to most terms and conditions presented to them on their phones and desktops.
In a short eight-minute clip made from his hour-long appearance, Reyes explains how much is stored and given to Google from his Android phone: from his gym session to an unfortunate selfie and messages he sent about lunch. What Reyes presents is an incredible amount of information, which when put together creates almost a map of everything he had done that day. And every other day for years.
While the scope of accessible information is intimidating, data collection does serve its purposes. “We have to
But in the Philippines, we’re still playing catch-up in the world of data science: “We do these talks all around the world, and if there’s one thing we notice about immature data science markets—and by immature I mean countries that are in very early stages, they’re not even trying to analyse the data, they’re still trying to collect it—the biggest misconception I see is [the idea that] data science is this magic bullet that can solve anything. That it can solve the traffic situation, or agriculture, or the airport situation. There
As for the regular end users, we still have to pay attention—because
“Companies in the Philippines are behind, but that doesn’t at all mean you have a higher level of data privacy. I think that when it comes to sacrificing our data privacy, the companies to worry about are not the companies here in the Philippines. They’re in Silicon Valley, New York, London. They’re in the largest, most developed countries in the world. That’s where the data is being housed. Are you more protected here? If you blindly accept the terms of service… you want a selfie with a cat ear or cat nose, and you just click yes, then your data privacy is being compromised.”
But what should we really be looking for in those word-heavy terms and services?
"What you have to look for is the ‘sharing.’ You might find a clause that says ‘User agrees that data may be used for
“That’s what I recommended in the session. The next step for the Philippines, if there is going to be an app that is downloadable... Make it a law that the clause on consent to use this
But until that happens, make the effort to take those terms and conditions, copy and paste them into a new document, press Control + F, and type “consent,” or “privacy,” or “sharing.” Weed out those nuances. Until steps are taken to move data science and collection forward, we can at least take privacy into our own hands.