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Data Baby

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

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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.

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.
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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 February 2014 Technology
Revealed: the personal data for sale on your old phone
Old second hand phones (G)
Geoff White by

Exclusive: Two of the UK's largest pawn brokers are selling second-hand phones which still contain texts, photos, bank details and more, from their previous owners, Channel 4 News can reveal.

article 02 August 2013 Science
How hackers are hijacking your Facebook 'likes'
Facebook scams and fake fans.

Facebook likes are at the heart of the site's interactive appeal. But Channel 4 News can reveal that cyber criminals are hijacking users' accounts to like pages their victims want nothing to do with.

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article 06 February 2014 UK
Lots of old second hand phones (G)
Could your phone come back to haunt you?

Channel 4 News has revealed how all the photos, contacts and info on many old phones can be accessed, even after the devices has been reset. Take our quiz to find out if your phone's at risk.

article 09 August 2013 Science
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by Debate: who has your data - and should you care?

We share increasing amounts of data online but are horrified when it is stored. Who is watching you? Find out by watching the Data Baby Google Hangout.

article 17 June 2013 Science
Two computer hackers at work (R)
by What snoopers can see from your clicks and searches

After the Prism spying scandal exposed the vulnerabilities of our online data, we sent the Channel 4 News Data Baby to an information security company to find out the extent of her online footprint.

article 27 June 2013 Science
How to protect your digital footprint (G)
How to protect your digital footprint

After revelations about the extent to which government agencies monitor our online data, the Data Baby and MWR InfoSecurity has a list of hints and tips to help keep your searching private.

article 25 March 2014 UK
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Geoff White by Inside the shopping centre that tracks your every move

A UK shopping centre is one of the first to track where shoppers go and what shops they visit, through their phones: Channel 4 News paid a visit to find out what it is doing with the data.

article 07 February 2014 UK
Data Baby: phone security quiz
Revealed: the most common phone security mistakes

A Channel 4 News survey finds two thirds of people stay logged into their email accounts on their phones, and a fifth have sent bank details via text, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft.