Launches February 1, 2004
Toolkit is a collection of web-based tools that sheds light on personal
data collection and usage practices in the United States. The tools demonstrate
the value of personal information on the open market and enable people
to access information encoded on a driver's license or stored in some
of the many commercial data warehouses.
Decode Your Barcode
This application unveils the mystery of the 2D barcode. Currently 39 states
use 2D barcodes to digitally store personal information on the backside
of drivers' licenses. What information is encoded
on your license that machines can read and you cannot?
Request Your Data
Send away for your information that commercial data warehouses collect
about you and sell to third party clients. What does this information
look like, how accurate is it, and who is buying it? Take a look at your
data files and find out for yourself. Currently we can help you send away
for information from ChoicePoint, Acxiom, LocatePlus and Experian. Report
back here when you receive your data and help us keep track of the companies'
response times and accuracy.
How much is your personal information worth on the open market? Why are
you just giving it away whenever it is requested? Use this handy calculator
to determine the approximate value of your data bits so you can demand
proper monetary compensation. Now when you release information that will
later be sold for a profit, at least you'll be getting a cut. Use this
calculator here online or download it to your PDA and make calculations
"on the go."
Toolkit is part of a larger project titled SWIPE that includes a performance,
installation, and workshop. For more information about SWIPE, visit http://www.we-swipe.us
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. SWIPE
is produced by Beatriz da Costa, Jamie Schulte, and Brooke Singer.
Toolkit is a 2003 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (aka
Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding
from the Jerome Foundation.