Aeon Magazine (2018)

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Karina Vold
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
Abstract
Your smartphone is much more than just a phone. It can tell a more intimate story about you than your best friend. No other piece of hardware in history, not even your brain, contains the quality or quantity of information held on your phone: it ‘knows’ whom you speak to, when you speak to them, what you said, where you have been, your purchases, photos, biometric data, even your notes to yourself – and all this dating back years. In this piece I ask whether, given the role they play in our lives, our devices deserve the same legal protections as our brains and bodies?
Keywords Extended Cognition  Information Privacy  Technology
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