The world of the near-future is one in which databases will enable retroactive surveillance of one’s misdeeds through the collation of GPS logs, electronic toll records, automated license plate readers, subway passes, cell phone location data and call logs, e-mail accounts, credit card records, Internet history, search terms, and many more data points. – Ars Technica

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On 20th February 2015, I retained a record of my digital day. Text messages; browsing history; banking. If it was electronic, it got saved. What follows is the story of my day in the real world, recounted through screenshots from the digital one.

How much of a digital trail do we create in a day? If you were suspected of a serious crime, how easily could police reconstruct your last 24 hours? And more to the point, how screwed would you be?

One average guy. One average day on the internet. There should be nothing to fear. R-right?

8am

bat

 

Browsing history, Friday AM

9am

 


10am

seagulls

 

fb msg cuz 2

 

11am

 

fb msg cuz

 

ACC WA

 

 12pm

laad

 

ella WA

2pm

grills

pint WA

 

3pm

serial podcast

 

 

gracias

 

ma WA

 

grills

 

job WA

 

 

5pm

smoke WA

 

Browsing history, Friday PM 

chill

 

fb

 

6pm

patrick bateman

 

 

better call saul

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facebook

 

7pm

shit was cash

 

double teamed

 8pm

sink pissing

 

noah

 

 

feels

 

9pm

digital day

Saul WA

feels2

 

type almost digital

10pm

noah almost digital

ZA noah 51

ZA noah 52

 

ZA baws

 

pics or it didn't happen 1

pics or it didn't happen 2

 

11pm

tinder match

 

jaint

boxing WA

 

Friday’s bank, mobile, HypeMachine and Google data.

12am

 

fight WA

 

footsie

 

The world of the near-future is… a world in which “bad guys” may be easier to track, but it’s also a world in which even the stupidest one-off decision leaves its precise electronic mark. – Ars Technica

 

What does your digital footprint reveal about you?

everything