I know where your house lives….

In an article I recently read, I came across a reference to a website called ‘We KnowYourHouse.com”. This website is billed as a social networking privacy experiment that has been designed to show what could happen when you tweet about being at home with locations enabled, particularly from a mobile device. On the homepage there is statement that says: Only the past hour of data is displayed, after that it is fully deleted to protect the users privacy. At first I thought that this was just another social media craze, but then I clicked on one the tweets that are displayed on the site. These tweets are shown in total, whereas in the address some crucial parts asterisked out.

It looks like this:

***risoncheney lives near *****ock Street, ***don, *** 0, United Kingdom @SeriyaEzig I don’t like being out in it but when your at home! It’s nice ha, and I love the winter! – about 14 minutes ago

When I clicked through, I found that the consequent information on the tweet was way more than I thought possible. Next to a a Google Street Map showing the vicinity of the address, nearby places and an Instagram photo selection, there was also a list of recently commited crimes in the area. A further statement said: All of this information is publicly accessible – WeKnowYourHouse.com is simply pulling it all together to show what could happen when you tweet with your location or check in to somewhere. This page will be deleted one hour after it was created to preserve the users privacy.

Crime

This is a summary of where the latest crimes that have been reported nearby this house. In total 1168 crimes were committed.

Burglaries

Tabernacle Avenue
Tabernacle Avenue
Celandine Way
Newham Way
Beauchamp Road
Sports/recreation Area
The Broadway
Holland Road
Arragon Road
Comyns Close
…and 70 more

» More detailed crime data
Antisocial

Credon Road
Boleyn Road
Gwendoline Avenue
Ismailia Road
Ismailia Road
Ismailia Road
Ismailia Road
Kings Court
Dacre Road
Bethell Avenue
…and 351 more

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Criminal damage

Ismailia Road
Kings Court
Addington Road
Daisy Road
Clarence Road
Crescent Road
Dundee Road
Durban Road
Durban Road
Durban Road
…and 50 more

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Theft

Tabernacle Avenue
Warmington Street
Tinto Road
Petrol Station
Petrol Station
Petrol Station
Petrol Station
Petrol Station
Petrol Station
Petrol Station
…and 166 more

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Is this a good prank or is it a fair warning on the use of geolocation? I think the latter, because this experiment clearly shows the dangers of the ever present urge to “share information”. The title of my blog refers to a Dutch saying, which is used as a humourous warning for an imminent visit. Once you actually chosse to share your data, beware of the fact that they are really “out there”……. It is exactly as WeKnowYourHouse says: We’ll show what could happen when you tweet with your location or check in to somewhere…….

 

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