Take a peek at what you can learn when your cell phone records are integrated into another database:
Green party politician Malte Spitz sued to have German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom hand over six months of his phone data that he then made available to ZEIT ONLINE. We combined this geolocation data with information relating to his life as a politician, such as Twitter feeds, blog entries and websites, all of which is all freely available on the internet.
By pushing the play button, you will set off on a trip through Malte Spitz's life. The speed controller allows you to adjust how fast you travel, the pause button will let you stop at interesting points. In addition, a calendar at the bottom shows when he was in a particular location and can be used to jump to a specific time period. Each column corresponds to one day.
Make sure to go to the website, and play with the interactive map.
Now imagine that data in the wrong hands, or in the hands of a "low-level" employee, who chooses to share that data..
In a related story, Jim Treacher reminds us of when some Verizon guys got canned for accessing some private cell phone records:
Records from a cell phone used by President-elect Obama were improperly breached, apparently by employees of the cell phone company, his transition team said Thursday.
Spokesman Robert Gibbs said the team was notified Wednesday by Verizon Wireless that it appears an employee improperly went through billing records for the phone, which Gibbs said Obama no longer uses…
Verizon Wireless, meanwhile, has launched an internal probe to determine whether Obama’s information was simply shared among employees or whether “the information of our customer had in any way been compromised outside our company, and this investigation continues,” according to [Verizon Wireless President and CEO Lowell] McAdam.
McAdam said that employees who were permitted access to these records will be allowed to return to work, but employees who accessed the account for “anything other than legitimate business purposes will face disciplinary action, up to and including termination.”