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Your Life As Recorded By Your Phone Service [Infographic]

What information does your phone provider keep on record? German Green Party member Malte Spitz took his provider, Deutsche Telekom, to court to find...

John Ryan
John Ryan on March 28, 2011.

What information does your phone provider keep on record? German Green Party member Malte Spitz took his provider, Deutsche Telekom, to court to find out. Spitz ultimately learned phone service companies are required by law to store the past six months of information any given customer, to be deleted after six months. Deutsche Telekom granted Spitz with that six months of information in a 35,000-item document detailing his every movement, call, text and online connection, basically a record of his whereabouts every seven minutes. To prove a point, Spitz turned his six months of personal data over to news organization Zeit Online who organized an animated interactive infographic tracing his every move. “I want to show the political message that this kind of data retention is really, really big and you can really look into the life of people for six months and see what they are doing where they are,” says Spitz.. While the Telekom document doesn’t answer questions like who Spitz was calling at twelve minutes to eleven on a Sunday night in October, it does reveal he had the good sense to turn his phone off during his holidays.

Zeit Online: interactive infographic of Malte Spitz phone use, August 2009 to February 2010

[Via: New York Times]

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