Data on Japanese students revelead by Google Maps

Here lies a big problem with the usability of today's software regarding the privacy and security of data. The article points out that when using Google Maps, "Users of the service tend to assume that information entered is available only to themselves as the site promotes itself as an exclusive map for individual users."

We need a shift in the way we think about data, starting from the decision of what to collect, how things are presented (Human-Computer Interface), and how things are stored/communicated/processed. Until we do, these kinds of accidental data leaks will continue to occur due to human error or, in this case, erroneous assumptions.

Src: Student data slip out via Google Maps (The Daily Yomiuri)

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