Category Archives: Google

Caught on Camera

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“+100 geek points” – Alex Kent.

Had no idea they caught me on their wheeling cameras but they did. Pretty cool. I’m the only person I know on there. It really puts those privacy issues on to another level when it’s you. It’s the same with a lot of other things. We know that the ‘information technology workers’ at your ISP (or your company’s IT dept) ARE reading your email. Or that each of us are recorded some 100 time a day on CCTV. Or that everytime you pay at a parking meter, that coin is DNA analyzed and added to the states records. With your name on it.

But when this information is actually made easily available, to everybody, it becomes a little invasive. Especially 1) if you have something to hide and/or 2) if you’re bothered. I think Google Streetview still falls into the ‘security through obscurity’ category in that if I wasn’t now shouting of my existence there, nobody would know. And with that photo, nobody from outside my circle of friends would recognize me. I obviously don’t think Google is invading my privacy – but I also understand those caught in less favorable situations. What’s good about it is that it really reminds us that we are constantly being watched and recorded, and if we’re not happy about it, we better start behaving.

[Important Update] Just to be clear – and to make me not look like a Tory ***t – I am against bio-metric ID cards and governments cataloging our DNA just in case we might do something. There’s been too many cases of people being wrongly accused and arrested for that to make sense in anyway. It’s preemptive invasion of privacy. CCTV is supposed to prevent crime by making it clear that you’re on camera and your wrong doings can be proven with it. BTW, those records are public, you have the right to ask for the tapes and watch them. Within the last 6 months, I’ve reported to two crimes to the police, both of which were committed under CCTV cameras. What did the Police do? Nothing. CCTV didn’t prevent the crimes, neither did the Police use them to solve the crimes.

So, to sum up, and clarify the last few words in the original post; It’s not great that we’re being followed with all the cameras but we haven’t got that much to worry about either as we’re still pretty anonymous.

Reverse Googling Alarna Finucan

So I’ve been trying to look up a friend from 10 years back. She was an exchange student at the time and she lived with us for a while. Last time I met her was about 5 years ago but haven’t since been in touch at all. Neither has anyone else who I know, as far as I’m aware. I must say I haven’t looked hard enough, otherwise I probably would have found her by now. No, I have just relied on Google to find her for me.

The problem is that even though her name comes up on Google, none of the links take to anything useful. None of the email address seem to be working anymore. This is true at least at the time of writing this. It’s strange because it feels that even if you use the internet sort of moderately, one in a while, you would leave enough of a mark for some one to look you up. Or I’m just generalizing because I am quite easy to find, or get in touch with, just by typing two words in the Google search; my name. Then again, unlike all the ‘Johnny Boys’ of the world, my name is quite rare.

Today, I came up with a plan. I’ll reverse google her. By getting her name up in the Google search, she or some one she knows might find this page and then get in touch with me. Absolutely brilliant.

So the person I’m looking for is Alarna Finucan. She lives, or lived, in Brisbane, Australia. If you see this, do get in touch. It would be very nice to hear from you.