Email: The Online Database of You



Think about your presence online and ask yourself what all your most used websites have in common? Whether it be social media (Facebook, Twitter) or online marketplaces (Ebay, Amazon), they all require an email address.

Want to sign in to Facebook? Enter your email address. Want to buy something from Amazon? Enter your email address.

Looking though your inbox you might see notifications from Facebook about photos you’re tagged in or places you’ve been, you might find emails confirming items bought on Ebay and you might even find an email from a relative. All of this data that makes up your online presence is collected through data-mining software by large corporations which trade our information between themselves and sometimes to our own governments.

Google’s Gmail  is the most well-known and most used email service online therefore making it one of the largest meta-databases in the world.

So next time you think you’re safe because your privacy settings on Facebook and Instagram are set to the highest level, remember that there’s always someone silently monitoring everything you do online.



  1. Enjoyed this post because its totally true that nothing we post online is private it just ends up in some vast entirety – it’s also strange to think anyone can find information on us, even through looking at government consensus online, because I know for one when I type my parents name into Google it brings an address, contact number etc.


  2. I agree with what you said, the fact that everything we do on-line now will result in us getting an email reminding us what happened. Although this wouldn’t of been the case. I remember my dad telling me a story about the unveiling of emails.

    He was doing the press release for all the computer giants in Berlin in the 80’s, there they were talking about and unveiling all the latest technology back then. The last part of big event of the weekend was a very surprising release. It was a man who unveiled the email and how it will be used on a day to day bases. Many people didn’t believe it and started to heckle him for it. My dad was stood next to some co of a big company and they were talking about what’s the point of emails when you can send a perfectly good fax. Sure enough they were very wrong as we take for granted the impact emails have on us and on our everyday life’s.


  3. You made a good point about the “higher control” that caracterizes the web; at the end of the day, we can try to stay low profile setting at the safest level our privacy settings, but that’s pretty illusory. Every content we click and share can be easily found in the registers of the web companies.


  4. I don’t think any of our posts on any platform can be private, the internet has always been a ‘community’ place where everyone shares ideas and interests together. So, no matter how much we privatise our accounts there will always be a way for someone to access it, such as the large co-operations and governments, like you said in your blog.


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