This Store Helps You Dig Deep Into Your Private Data

This Store Helps You Dig Deep Into Your Private Data
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The Glass Room aims to help people make better decisions about their online activities

Jiwon Kim
  • 7 november 2017

In London, one can visit a store that looks like what we expect from a typical tech store today. The design is very minimalist, painted white with little within the store but products on display. Even the workers there are dressed in all white, looking ready to answer tech questions. Open until November 12th, the Glass Room actually does not want to sell any tech products, it wants to create an experience that helps people understand the privacy of their data.

The “products” and displays basically unveils what is going on with people’s data. Free, alternative apps help people understand how big companies may be using their data. Some of the questions it makes people ask are: “What does your data say about you, and how is it being used to define you? What do you give up in exchange? How are data and technology changing the personal, professional and social fabric of all of our lives?”

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There’s even a Data Detox Bar where visitors can receive personal advice and tips to protect their privacy online and “reclaim” who they are, digitally. Created by Mozilla and curated by Tactical Tech, the two non-profits work to make the internet a healthier space that empowers everyone and protect civil liberties.

Glass Room

In London, one can visit a store that looks like what we expect from a typical tech store today. The design is very minimalist, painted white with little within the store but products on display. Even the workers there are dressed in all white, looking ready to answer tech questions. Open until November 12th, the Glass Room actually does not want to sell any tech products, it wants to create an experience that helps people understand the privacy of their data.

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