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Data Baby

Watch how the Data Baby grows as we examine how your searches and clicks are reshaping the web - and you.

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article 25 August 2014 UK
Real-life pop-up ads: coming to a phone near you
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Geoff White by

New smartphone technology can pick up adverts when shoppers pass nearby beacons. It is government funded, but privacy campaigners are worried about what happens to the data collected.

article 21 July 2014 UK
Data Baby at Latitude - how much would you share?
Data Baby at Latitude - how much would you share?
Geoff White by

How much would you share with a stranger? Pictures of your children? Your home address? Financial details? Channel 4 News took the Data Baby to meet Latitude festival-goers.

article 14 November 2013 Science
Secret life of phones: how yours contacts 315 servers a day
We carry our phones everywhere. But do we know what information they're sending out? Channel 4 News tracked 24 hours in the life of a phone: even when idle it made made 30,000 requests to 76 servers.
Geoff White by

We carry our phones everywhere. But do we know what information they're sending out? Channel 4 News tracked 24 hours in the life of a phone: even when idle it made 30,000 requests to 76 servers.

article 06 March 2013 Science
Introducing the Channel 4 News data baby
The Channel 4 News data baby, watch her grow.

Meet Rebecca Taylor, 27, the Channel 4 News data baby who will help us explore how everything from the news you read to the prices you pay, are a result of your online searches and clicks.

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video 25 August 2014 UK

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Data grab, annoying ad, or high street saviour? - video

As you walk down the high street, an advert pops up on your phone for the shop opposite. Handy, or intrusive? Watch the debate.

article 10 August 2014 World, Sweden
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'Give kids a say about posting their pics online'

It is the world's third most switched-on nation. But young Swedes say kids should have a choice about their photos being posted online. Do they have a point?

article 22 July 2014 UK
Left to right: David Davis MP and Tom Watson MP (pictures: Getty)
Two MPs to sue government over data law 'stitch-up'

Two MPs, Tom Watson and David Davis, are to sue the government for introducing "ridiculous" emergency legislation allowing police and security services access to people's phone and internet records.

article 19 July 2014 Science
Channel 4 News takes the Data Baby to Latitude and surprises festival-goers with their own online lives.
Geoff White by Data Baby: internet snooping at Latitude festival

Channel 4 News takes the Data Baby to Latitude and surprises festival-goers with their own online lives.

article 10 July 2014 UK
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New surveillance law: expanded powers to snoop?

After an EU ruling from April questioned current UK data law, the government wants to force through an emergency law allowing telecoms companies to go on collecting and storing data.

article 30 June 2014 Science
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by How quantum mechanics can keep your data safe from spies

Quantum mechanics is famously complicated, but could it be the answer to keeping data - from banking and government communications - safe from prying eyes?