Privacy Tech Examines Our Long Distance
after Robert Reeve’s tweet thread: https://twitter.com/RobertGReeve/status/1397032784703655938
Even this news feels less devastating than your absence.
I read about how my phone cross-references
my data with the data of those around me,
building networks of information, and it’s heartbreaking,
knowing that Facebook will never spy on
our aggregate metadata. Mark
will never infringe upon our shared conversations,
how you said once that you wanted a Big Mac
but it never affected my UberEats app.
Our advertisements will never be the same—
the toothpaste brands will always be slightly different,
Colgate versus Oral-B. I could coo it’s all about current
location, baby. Think of the damage we’d do
if you’d come see me. But you don’t visit,
and I try not to fantasize about the digital trails
we both leave. How, each night, I wonder
if you track me like a cookie, if
I’m in your browsing history.