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Where’s Your Data? Who knows

September 21st, 2022

Your data is so valuable, that companies around the world want it. But here’s a twist: some of the biggest collectors of that data have no idea where it is. According to recent congressional testimony from a Twitter whistleblower, the social media platform can’t really keep track of it all. Nor, it seems, can the other tech giants, including Facebook and Google. From the Washington Post:

Some of these systems are black boxes even to the people who built them, said Katie Harbath, former Facebook policy director and CEO of the consultancy Anchor Change (Facebook changed its name to Meta last year). Even if the correct policies are in place, they can be tough to implement when the underlying databases were not built to answer questions such as what are all the places where a person’s location or profile might have been stored.

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