By ELIZABETH HOLTZMAN and MARK UDALL
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
What can data from the smartphone in your hand tell me about you? A better question: What can’t it tell me about you?
Our digital trails tell the story of our lives, from dating apps, to medical conditions revealed by our search queries, to religious and political beliefs, to our financial difficulties or windfalls. Like the colored dots in a pointillistic portrait, these data points compose a complete portrait of individuals. Our digital devices often upload these most intimate details of our lives into “the cloud,” a system that stores and distributes our data to computers around the world. It’s as if we allowed hordes of strangers to pass around our diaries and private financial ledgers, while trusting them not to ever take a peek.