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EFF Launches New Temporal Privacy Initiative

DEEPLINKS BLOG
April 1, 2010

On Friday, EFF plans to publish "Who Knows When You Are," an informational guide to protecting your temporal privacy. Although location-based services are becoming commonplace, EFF is concerned about a new, more established threat: that data from most communications services can pinpoint exactly when you are, whenever you are.

"There is a timestamp for pretty much every digital interaction you have, whether it's sending an IM or email or accessing a webpage," said EFF Senior Staff Technologist Peter Eckersley in a charming Australian accent. "When you are is strictly your own business. No one — not physicists, nor philosophers — should be able to stake a claim on when you are when you don't want to be."

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