Our data and information is constantly being collected. This is known as leaving a digital footprint or digital trail. These footprints can have both positive and negative effects. As there is potential for hackers and criminals to access our this data and use it for cyber crimes and this information can be used against you. On a positive note, collecting data information will protect memories from being lost as well as police being able to detect your location or movement if needed. i.e. you went missing.
Here are some ways data is able to be traced.
- license plate scanners
- Crossing Toll bridges
- Mobile phone carriers
- surveillance cameras
- smart cards (used for things like transportation)
- Making purchases using Credit/Debit bank cards
- Your cookies and search history