Data shadows: challenges of a data-rich world

Stephanie Hankey

‘Like the wallpaper sticks to the wall
Like the seashore clings to the sea
You’ll never get rid of your shadow
You’ll never get rid of me’

These words, written in 1927, are the start of the well-known song ‘Me and My Shadow’. When we at Tactical Tech launched our project of the same name, 85 years later, we weren’t thinking of two inseparable friends but of the inseparable shadows each of us has grown in the digital realm – 

digital shadows formed by the personal details 

we've put on social networking sites, the times we've clicked 'yes' 
without knowing what we're agreeing to, or the 'bots' that share our 

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