In recent articles we stated that the City of Santa Monica gathers data about its citizens (and obtains it from other sources too), and suggested ways to protect that information, with oversight from citizens. Residents, we said, can certainly benefit from data obtained by the City in all sorts of important ways, from alleviating traffic … Continue reading Our Data, Our Privacy. Part 3.
Last week we looked at how our lives are made more convenient all the time by companies and organizations that provide services and then gather data about our activities. We mentioned that in the past, private businesses and government gathered information separately. Today we’re beginning to see pressure to combine these public and private efforts, … Continue reading Our Data, Our Privacy. Part 2.
Park your car at Santa Monica Place. If you forget its location, you can use a “find your car” kiosk to type-in the car’s license plate. The kiosk will then display the car’s location on a map, along with a photo. Cameras and computers keep track of every car entering and leaving the structure. Where … Continue reading Our Data, Our Privacy. Part 1.