Alec Cowan

Germans have long been stingy on privacy. Could their history be the future of data protection?

Sunset falls on the German Bundestag in Berlin. (Alec Cowan)
Index cards like these detailed the daily actions of Stasi suspects. (“Looking in a Distorting Mirror”/Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Service of the former German Democratic Republic.)
The Stasi Museum maintains the millions of documents stored in the former headquarters. (Alec Cowan)

The value of data

The German method

(“Customer Data: Designing for Transparency and Trust”/Harvard Business Review)
Blurring on Google Street View represents the larger issue Germans have with the expansion of available data on the internet. (Google Street View)

Alec is a journalist working in podcasting and public radio. Current interests include: parsing through old college notes and a cure-all for procrastination.