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Accessing Your Private Knowledge. The Intensive and Typically Shocking Knowledge… | by Jeff Braun | Aug, 2023

The Intensive and Typically Shocking Knowledge that Firms Have about You, Prepared and Ready for You to Analyze

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Knowledge privateness legal guidelines are showing in nations everywhere in the world and are creating a singular alternative so that you can find out how others view you whereas additionally gaining insights into your self. Most legal guidelines are just like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, generally know as “GDPR”. It consists of provisions requiring organizations to let you know the kind of private information they retailer about you, why they’re storing it, how they’re utilizing it, and the size of time they retailer it.

However the legal guidelines additionally embody an typically neglected requirement generally often called information portability. Knowledge portability requires organizations to present you a machine-readable copy of the information they’re at present storing about you upon request. Within the GDPR, this proper is outlined in Article 15, “Proper of entry by the information topic”. The information that organizations have typically features a wealthy and diversified set of options and is clear, making it ripe for a number of information evaluation, modelling, and visualization duties.

On this article, I share my journey of requesting my information from just a few of the businesses with whom I routinely work together. I embody ideas for requesting your information in addition to concepts for utilizing your information in information science and for private insights.

Suppose you could have a stable grasp in your style in music? I assumed I had broad and diversified musical tastes. Based on Apple, although, I’m extra of a die-hard rocker.

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Need to refine your geographic information mapping abilities? These information sources present a spectacular quantity of geocoded information to work with.

Plot of a stroll by means of Common Studios — Picture by Writer

Care to strive your time sequence modelling abilities? A number of information units include fine-grained time sequence observations.

Forecast of train time utilizing Apple well being information — Plot by writer

The most effective information of all? That is your information. No license or permissions wanted.

Fasten your seat belt — the number of information you’ll obtain is broad. The forms of analyses and modelling you are able to do are non-trivial. And the insights you acquire about your self and the way others view you might be intriguing.

To maintain the concentrate on insights from the information and within the curiosity of brevity, I don’t embody code on this article. Everyone like code, although, so here’s a link to a repo with a number of of the notebooks I used to research my information.

Getting the Knowledge

Should you make an inventory of organizations which have information about you, you’ll shortly notice the checklist is massive. Social media corporations, on-line retailers, mobile phone carriers, web service suppliers, dwelling automation and safety providers, and streaming leisure suppliers are only a few classes of organizations storing information about you. Requesting your information from all of those teams might be fairly time-consuming.

To make my evaluation manageable, I restricted my information requests to Fb, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and my mobile service, Verizon. Here’s a desk summarizing my expertise with the information request and response course of:

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And listed here are the hyperlinks I used to request my information together with info on any information documentation supplied by the distributors:

I exploit an Apple Watch to trace well being and health information. That information is accessed individually from all different Apple information that you simply request from the final Apple web site. Due to this, I present two separate Apple entries within the above tables and focus on the Apple information in two matters under.

The quantity and kind of knowledge you obtain will depend upon how extensively you interact with a selected firm. For instance, I exploit social media sometimes. The moderately modest quantity of knowledge I obtained from Fb is subsequently not stunning. In distinction, I exploit Apple services and products loads. I obtained a broad vary and huge quantity of knowledge from Apple.

Take into account that if in case you have a number of identities with an organization, you’ll have to request the information for every identification. For instance, if Google is aware of you by one e-mail deal with on your Google Play account and a special e-mail deal with on your gmail account, you’ll have to do a knowledge request for every deal with to be able to get a full image of the information Google shops about you.

Within the desk above I present hyperlinks that I used to request information from my goal corporations. The hyperlinks are present as of the publishing of this text however could change over time. Basically, you could find directions for requesting your information on the “Privateness”, “Privateness Rights” or related sounding hyperlinks on an organization’s dwelling web page. These hyperlinks often seem on the very backside of the house web page.

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You normally must learn by means of documentation describing your privateness rights and seek for the “Accessing Your Knowledge”, “Exporting Your Knowledge”, “Knowledge Portability” or related subject to get a hyperlink to the precise web page for requesting your information.

Lastly, the method for requesting your information, the timeliness of the response and the standard of documentation you obtain explaining the information varies significantly from one firm to the subsequent. Be affected person and persevere. You’ll be rewarded with a wealth of knowledge and information very quickly.

My Knowledge Insights

Here’s a assessment of the information recordsdata that I obtained from every firm together with just a few observations after analyzing the extra attention-grabbing recordsdata. I additionally level out some alternatives to do extra in-depth information evaluation and modelling with the information from these corporations.

Fb

My obtain from Fb included 51 .json recordsdata, excluding the quite a few .json recordsdata containing particular person message threads from my Fb Messenger account. Fb offers some high-level documentation for its recordsdata on the obtain web site.

Knowledge on my Fb login exercise, gadgets that I used to login, estimated geographic location of my logins, and related administrative-type information about my account actions seem throughout a number of recordsdata. Nothing in these recordsdata is especially attention-grabbing, although I’ll say that the placement information appeared surprisingly correct, given it was was typically inferred from my IP deal with on the time of the recorded exercise.

The actually attention-grabbing information began to look in a file that tracked my off-Fb app and net exercise. I can see how the information in that file, coupled with the information that Fb already has from my Fb profile, paint a demographic image that lead to me being chosen as a goal by specific Fb advertisers. The off-Fb file begins to present you a way for the way the profiling and promoting course of works at Fb.

Let’s check out the file. It’s named:

“/apps_and_websites_off_of_facebook/your_off-facebook_activity.json”

It accommodates 1,860 information of actions I took on 441 completely different non-Fb web sites over the previous two years. Right here is an edited pattern of the web sites and motion sorts it information:

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A number of expertise and journey associated websites rise to the highest of my off-Fb exercise checklist. Now let’s have a look at my demographic profile.

The file named:

“ads_information/other_categories_used_to_reach_you.json”

accommodates an inventory of demographic classes that Fb has assigned to me based mostly, I assume, on my Fb profile information, my Fb buddies, my exercise on Fb, and my off-Fb app and net exercise. Right here is an edited pattern of the demographic classes:

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Many of the classes above are based mostly on my profile, my gadget utilization sample, and my buddies. The “Frequent Vacationers” and “Frequent Worldwide Vacationers” classes come, I assume from my off-Fb net exercise. To date, this all checks out.

Lastly, there’s a file named:

“ads_information/advertisers_using_your_activity_or_information.json”

The “advertisers_using_your_activity_or_information” within the file title leads me to consider that Fb makes my information out there to its advertisers who in flip use it to focus on me with advertisements by means of Fb. This file, then, lists these advertisers who displayed an advert to me, or who at the least thought-about doing so based mostly on my information.

The file contained 1,366 completely different advertisers. Here’s a small pattern of these advertisers:

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Journey websites, retailers, tech corporations, health facilities, automotive restore corporations, healthcare insurers, media corporations (who characterize advertisers), and different companies seem within the checklist. It’s all kinds of organizations, however in lots of cases, I can see how they relate to me, my preferences and my habits.

Different recordsdata within the Fb obtain embody Fb search historical past, search timestamps, and browser cookie information.

Google

Google’s export facility is cleverly named “Takeout”. The Takeout net web page lists all the assorted Google providers for which you’ll be able to request your information (gmail, YouTube, search, Nest, and so forth.) It additionally reveals the recordsdata out there for every service, and the export format for every file (json, HTML, or csv). More often than not, Google doesn’t provide you with a selection of export format for particular person recordsdata.

A portion of the Google Takeout request web site at takeout.google.com — Display screen picture by writer

Google does an honest job of offering a high-level overview of the aim of every file. There’s, nonetheless, no documentation for particular person fields.

I obtained 94 recordsdata in my extract. As with Fb, there have been the conventional administrative recordsdata associated to gadget info, account attributes, preferences, and login/entry information historical past.

One attention-grabbing file is the one titled ‘…/Adverts/MyActivity.json’. It accommodates a historical past of advertisements introduced to me on account of searches.

Some entries within the Adverts/MyActivity file have URLs containing a clickserve area for instance:

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Per Google’s 360 ads website, these are advertisements from an advert marketing campaign being performed by considered one of Google’s advertisers, served to me on account of some click on exercise I did. The file doesn’t give any info on which motion I took that precipitated the advert to be served.

The ‘title’ column within the file distinguishes between websites “Visited” and matters “Searched”. The “Visited” information all have “From Google Adverts” within the ‘particulars’ column (see instance above), main me to consider that Google served an advert to me in response to me having visited a selected web site.

The “Searched” information present websites I visited straight (macys.com, yelp.com, and so forth.) The ‘particulars’ column reveals these websites whereas the ‘title’ column apparently reveals what I looked for on these separate websites. For instance,

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One different file I discovered attention-grabbing known as ‘…/My Exercise/Uncover/MyActivity.json’. It’s a historical past of the subject recommendations that Google introduced to me by means of its “Uncover” function on the Google app (previously the Google Feed function — extra on Uncover here.) Uncover matters are chosen based mostly in your net and app exercise, assuming you give Google permission to make use of your exercise to information Uncover matters.

Though I don’t enable Uncover to make use of my net and app exercise, Uncover nonetheless introduced some subject recommendations related to me. Right here is an edited pattern of the matters introduced most often over a number of days:

We see right here the recurring themes of expertise and journey, together with a brand new theme we may even see within the Apple recordsdata — music!

Google consists of in its obtain a number of recordsdata monitoring exercise historical past throughout Google’s services and products. For instance, I obtained historical past for my visits to the builders.google.com and cloud.google.com websites for coaching and documentation sources. No compelling insights got here from this information, however it did remind me of matters I needed to revisit and research additional.

Different historic information within the extract included searches and actions carried out inside my gmail account; search requests for photographs; locations searched, instructions requested, and maps considered by means of the Google Maps app; searches carried out for movies on the net (outdoors of YouTube); searches performed on and watch historical past for YouTube; and contacts I retailer with Google, presumably in gmail.

In contrast to Fb, Google doesn’t present any info on a demographic profile that Google has constructed for me.

Observe which you could view your Google exercise information throughout its merchandise and apps by visiting myactivity.google.com:

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When you can not export the information from this web site, you may browse the information, permitting you to get a way for the kind of information chances are you’ll wish to export by means of the Google Takeout web site.

Microsoft

Microsoft permits you to export a few of your information by means of the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard. For particular person Microsoft providers not out there on the Dashboard (for instance, MSDN, OneDrive, Microsoft 365, or Skype information) you should use hyperlinks within the “The best way to entry and management your private information” part of Microsoft’s privacy statement page. The identical web page directs you to an online kind you may submit in case you are on the lookout for information that isn’t out there by any of the above strategies.

I selected to export all information out there by means of the Privateness Dashboard. This included looking historical past, search historical past, location exercise, music, TV and flicks historical past, and apps and repair utilization information. I additionally requested for an export of my Skype information. My export included 4 csv recordsdata, six json recordsdata, and 6 jpeg recordsdata.

No file documentation was included within the export and none was discovered on the Microsoft web site. The sector names within the recordsdata are, nonetheless, pretty intuitive.

A couple of attention-grabbing observations from the Microsoft recordsdata:

The file ‘…MicrosoftSearchRequestsAndQuery.csv’ accommodates information from searches I carried out over the past 18 months together with search phrases and, apparently, the positioning that I clicked on, if any, from the search outcomes. It appears to be like like the information was just for searches that I did by means of Bing or Home windows Search.

Based mostly on the information, it seems I clicked on a hyperlink within the search outcomes solely 40% of the time (347 out of 870 searches carried out.) From this, I assume that the searches for which I didn’t click on on a hyperlink have been both poorly crafted, returning off-topic outcomes, or I’ll have been in a position to get the reply I needed simply by studying the hyperlink previews within the search outcomes. I don’t recall having to often redo search phrases, and I do know I typically see the reply I want proper in a hyperlink preview, since lots of my searches are for reminders on coding syntax. Both method, I used to be a bit shocked on the 40% click-through fee. I’d have anticipated it to be a lot greater.

Not a lot attention-grabbing was is within the Skype information. It contained the historical past of in-app message threads between me and different Skype assembly members. Additionally included have been .jpeg recordsdata with photographs of members from just a few of my calls.

Apple Health

I needed to entry my Apple well being and health information individually from the opposite information that I exported from Apple. The well being and health information are accessed from the Well being app on the iPhone. You merely click on in your icon within the higher right-hand nook of the Well being app display. It takes you to a profile display and also you then the press on the Export All Well being Knowledge hyperlink on the backside of the display:

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My well being export included just below 500 .gpx files totaling 102 meg. They include route info from my recorded exercises over the past a number of years. One other 48 recordsdata contained 5.3 meg of electrocardiogram information from self-tests that I carried out on my Apple Watch.

The file named ‘…/Apple/apple_health_export/export.xml’ accommodates the actual attention-grabbing information. For me, it’s 770 meg with 1,956,838 information masking a number of completely different well being and train measurements for about seven years. Among the exercise sorts measured are as follows:

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Observe that the frequency at which Apple information information varies by exercise sort. For instance, Energetic Power Burned is recorded hourly whereas Stair Ascent Velocity is recorded solely when going up stairs, resulting in the massive distinction in statement counts between these two exercise sorts.

The information recorded for every statement embody the date/time on which the statement was recorded, the beginning and finish dates/occasions of the exercise being measured, and the gadget that recorded the exercise (iPhone or Apple Watch).

In his wonderful Medium article “Analyse Your Well being with Python and Apple Well being”, Alejandro Rodríguez offers the code that I used to parse the xml within the export.xml file and create a Pandas information body. (Thanks Alejandro!) After choosing a one 12 months subset of the information and grouping and aggregating it at day and exercise sort ranges, I found some attention-grabbing issues.

As I suspected. my common exercise ranges have been completely different for days once I was travelling in comparison with days once I was in one of many cities I name dwelling (Austin or Chicago). To see this, I had to make use of the latitude and longitude information from the .gpx train route recordsdata talked about earlier. That allowed me to find out which of the routes have been in a house metropolis and which occurred whereas I used to be travelling. I then merged that location information with my exercise abstract information. This was then additional summarized by exercise sort and placement (dwelling metropolis or travelling). Right here is the sample that merged:

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Whereas in Chicago, I’m in an condo constructing with an elevator, so the large decline in common flights climbed was not a shock. What was stunning was the rise in exercise ranges for Chicago versus Austin. My train routine may be very related in each areas, but I do extra work in Chicago. I believe I can attribute this to the truth that I stroll to extra areas in Chicago, moderately than driving more often than not. Clearly, I must up the quantity that I train in Austin.

Recognizing traits just like the one above, which you can’t see in the usual charts of the Apple Well being app, are an amazing use for the well being information.

The information can be nice for modeling, given it is rather full and usually clear. Right here, for instance, is a time sequence forecast of my train minutes based mostly on a one 12 months interval utilizing Fb’s Prophet mannequin:

Forecast of train minutes utilizing default weekly seasonality, no annual seasonality — Picture by writer

Right here is identical forecast, however with annual seasonality enabled and weekly seasonality added manually based mostly on my location (Austin, Chicago or travelling):

Forecast of train minutes utilizing annual seasonality and handbook weekly seasonality — Picture by writer

The default weekly seasonality mannequin above (first plot) does a worse job of becoming the coaching information than the mannequin with customized seasonality phrases added (second plot). Nonetheless the default seasonality mannequin is much better (although nonetheless not nice) at predicting future values of train minutes. For sure, hyperparameter tuning would assist enhance these outcomes.

Imply Absolute % Error of Totally different Fashions — chart by writer

That is only a pattern of the kind of modeling you may experiment with utilizing your well being information. Do you wish to strive utilizing very granular time-series information? Take a look at the exercise routes recordsdata. They’ve observations for every second of your recorded exercises with latitude, longitude, elevation and velocity fields.

Apple — Non-Health/Well being

You request a obtain of all of your non-fitness/well being information from Apple’s principal web site. For me, that amounted to 84 recordsdata, principally .csv and .json recordsdata together with just a few .xml recordsdata. I additionally obtained lots of of .vcf recordsdata, one for every of the contacts I’ve on my Apple gadgets, In complete, I downloaded 68meg of knowledge, excluding the .vcf recordsdata.

Apple stands out in that it offers complete documentation for every of the information recordsdata. It consists of explanations of every area, although some definitions are extra useful than others. The documentation helped me interpret just a few information recordsdata that seemed intriguing.

As with most different exports, Apple’s recordsdata included the conventional administrative information, together with issues reminiscent of my preferences for numerous apps, login info and gadget info. I didn’t discover something outstanding in these recordsdata.

There are a number of recordsdata associated to Apple Music, one of many providers to which I subscribe. Recordsdata with titles like:

  • “…/Media_Services/Apple Music — Play Historical past Each day Tracks.csv”;
  • “…/Media_Services/Apple Music — Not too long ago Performed Tracks.csv’’; and,
  • “…/Media_Services/Apple Music Play Exercise.csv”

include info reminiscent of:

  • date and time a tune was performed;
  • play period in milliseconds;
  • how every play was ended (for instance, it reached the tip of the monitor, or I skipped previous the tune);
  • the variety of occasions the tune has been performed;
  • the variety of occasions the tune was skipped;
  • the tune title;
  • the album title, if any;
  • the tune’s style; and,
  • the place the tune was performed from — my library, a playlist, or considered one of Apple’s radio channels.

My recordsdata contained between 13,900 and 20,700 information relying on the aim of the file. The information coated almost seven years of tune performs.

Apple captures a spread information on how tune performs are ended, in all probability for functions of recommending different songs to me. Tune play termination causes embody:

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For functions of the analyses I present under, I targeted on the ‘NATURAL_END_OF_TRACK’, ‘TRACK_SKIPPED_FORWARDS’, and ‘MANUALLY_SELECTED_PLAYBACK_OF_A_DIFF_ITEM’ finish causes.

Typically I’ll repeat a tune that I like. One query I had was “Do I play favourite songs obsessively, again and again?”. I answered that query utilizing the Apple information:

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The desk above summarizes the variety of occasions I’ve performed some favourite songs (‘Play Depend’) and the quantity days over which I performed the songs (‘Performed on Variety of Days’). It appears to be like like I usually play a tune solely as soon as per day. Additionally, on condition that the play rely is lower than the day rely for some songs, I need to skip some favorites if I’ve heard them too many occasions just lately or if the tune doesn’t match my temper on the time. So, no obsessive taking part in right here!

I additionally puzzled if I favor sure forms of songs on completely different days of the week, completely different occasions of the day, and even completely different months of the 12 months. My instinct says that I do. With the Apple information, it was straightforward to visualise the genres I performed at completely different occasions. Right here, for instance, are the genres I performed most often throughout every month of the 12 months:

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I clearly favor rock songs, with different and pop music added for some occasional selection. July and August appear to be the months once I want the range.

That mentioned, I used to be shocked at simply how a lot rock I appear to play. Admittedly I adore it. However I additionally consider I’ve fairly broad style in music.

So, I questioned the accuracy of the style assigned to the songs in Apple’s information. For one factor, 10,083 of the 22,313 tune performs in my file had no style assigned to them. Additionally, there seems to be plenty of overlap within the genres assigned. For instance, “R&B/Soul”, “Soul and R&B”, “Soul”, and “R&B / Soul” are all genres assigned to completely different songs in my information. The totals within the chart above would definitely be completely different if I recast the genres of all songs to make use of a constant style naming scheme.

Reasonably than make investments the time to replace the genres, I made a decision on one other check to find out if the traits within the chart actually characterize my taking part in patterns. Since Apple consists of tune play ending causes within the information, I seemed to see if I are inclined to skip previous rock songs extra often than different genres, indicating that I attempt to play different genres when too many rock songs are being performed.

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Because it seems, I don’t skip previous rock songs considerably greater than I skip previous different genres that I take heed to often. I’ll must face it — I’m a die-hard rock fan.

One other attention-grabbing file known as “…/Media_Services/Shops Exercise/Different Exercise/App Retailer Click on Exercise.csv”. Whereas I don’t analyze it right here, I like to recommend it to anybody who desires to get a way for the kind of information a retailer could wish to monitor for exercise on their web site. For me, it included 4,900+ information with detailed historical past of my exercise whereas within the app retailer and, apparently, in Apple music. Kinds of actions I took, dates/occasions, A/B check flag, search phrases, and information introduced to me (“impressed” is the time period used) are among the many gadgets included within the file.

One final doubtlessly attention-grabbing file for evaluation known as Media_ServicesShops ExerciseDifferent ExerciseApple Music Click on Exercise V3.csv. It consists of the town and longitude/latitude of the IP deal with the place, I assume, I used to be utilizing Apple Music. For me, the file had 10,000 information.

Verizon

After an extended 80+ day wait, Verizon notified me I may obtain my information. It included 17 csv recordsdata for a complete of 1.4 meg of knowledge. Many of the recordsdata coated account administrative info (cell line descriptions, gadget info, billing historical past, order historical past, and so forth.), the historical past of notifications that Verizon despatched to me, and my current texting historical past (however with out textual content contents). Although Name Historical past and Knowledge Utilization recordsdata have been supplied, they have been empty aside from a notation that the information was “Masked for safety”.

Verizon supplied two documentation recordsdata. One contained the names and common descriptions of 34 potential recordsdata that might be included in a obtain. The recordsdata included depend upon the Verizon providers you employ. The second documentation file contained an outline of three,091 information fields that would seem within the recordsdata. Whereas the information area descriptions are useful, they lack some element. For instance, plenty of fields are described as containing codes for numerous functions, nonetheless the codes themselves and their meanings are usually not described.

One file that was extraordinarily attention-grabbing known as “…/Verizon/Common Inferences.csv”. It accommodates a spectacular quantity of demographic details about me and about different folks in my family. Right here is how Verizon’s documentation describes the file:

“The Common Inferences file offers info common assumptions and inferences to ship extra relatable and related content material throughout our platforms. This will embody info like Attributes, Preferences, or Opinions.”

Based mostly on the character of the demographic options, I assume most of it was acquired by Verizon from outdoors information aggregators and never gathered by Verizon straight from me. The quantity and scope of demographic options far exceed any info that I ever supplied on to Verizon.

The truth is, the Verizon documentation speaks about one other file known as the “Common” info file (not included in my obtain). The documentation says the “Common” file consists of information that got here from exterior info sources. My guess is the knowledge within the “Common Inferences” file additionally comes from these exterior sources. Among the monetary information within the “Common Inferences” file may have come from the credit score report that Verizon requires its clients to supply.

A complete of 332 demographic options have been included in my Common Inferences information. Right here is an abridged checklist together with a few of the extra stunning options:

Abridged checklist of demographic options kind the Common Inferences file — Desk by writer

All the Common Inferences options are apparently utilized by Verizon to market to me and retain me as a buyer. As you may see within the above checklist, options about my partner and our youngsters are additionally included. You may see the whole checklist of 332 options here.

A couple of of the options that I discovered to be actually uncommon embody:

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One has to marvel if these forms of information components are actually wanted by Verizon to assist it present service to me and, if that’s the case, how Verizon makes use of them.

Amazon

Amazon supplied 214 recordsdata containing 4.93 meg of knowledge. A number of of the recordsdata coated:

  • Account preferences;
  • Order historical past;
  • Success and returns historical past;
  • Viewing and listening historical past (Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Music);
  • Kindle purchases and studying exercise,
  • and search historical past together with search phrases.

If I used to be an Alexa buyer or a Ring buyer, I assume I’d have obtained information for my exercise on these providers as nicely.

Six .txt recordsdata contained high-level descriptions of some of the downloaded information recordsdata. A number of .pdf recordsdata include documentation for fields within the downloaded recordsdata (the “Digital.PrimeVideo.Viewinghistory.Description.pdf” file, for instance).

Probably the most attention-grabbing recordsdata from Amazon pertain to the advertising and marketing audiences related to me by Amazon, it advertisers, or “third events”. I presume the third events are information distributors from whom Amazon purchases information.

The “…/Amazon/Promoting.1/Promoting.AmazonAudiences.csv” file accommodates the audiences that Amazon itself assigned me to. Here’s a pattern of the 21 audiences:

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Amazon’s personal viewers assignments are largely correct once I take into account merchandise that I bought or looked for, both for myself or on behalf of others.

The “…/Amazon/Promoting.1/Promoting.AdvertiserAudiences.csv” file apparently accommodates an inventory of Amazon advertisers who introduced their very own audiences to Amazon and whose viewers lists included me. The file accommodates 50 advertisers. Here’s a pattern:

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I do enterprise with or personal merchandise from a few of the advertisers within the checklist (for instance, Delta, Intuit, Zipcar) so I perceive how I ended up on their viewers lists. I’ve no reference to others on the checklist (for instance, AT&T, Pink Bull, Royal Financial institution of Canada) so I’m not certain how I obtained of their viewers lists.

Based on Amazon, the file

“…/Amazon/Promoting.1/Promoting.3PAudiences.csv”

accommodates an inventory of

“Audiences during which you might be included by third events”.

Its accuracy is poor. A complete of 33 audiences are listed, 28 of which targeted on vehicle possession. The remaining 4 coated gender, schooling degree, marital standing and dependents. A pattern of the automobile-related audiences:

Pattern of automobile-related viewers assignments by third social gathering distributors — Desk by writer

Whereas the gender/schooling degree/marital standing -type assignments within the file are correct, just a few of the automobile-related assignments in it are right. Most are usually not. And, I’m simply not that all in favour of vehicles to warrant 28 of 33 profile assignments. Mercifully, Amazon appears to disregard this information when it presents product or video suggestions to me.

Parting Ideas

On this article, I hoped to point out you the big variety of knowledge you will get from corporations with whom you do enterprise. The information means that you can be taught what these corporations take into consideration you whereas additionally studying some stunning issues about your self!

We’ve seen that some corporations appropriately determine my pursuits in expertise and travelling, whereas one firm incorrectly sees me as an avid vehicle fanatic. In an eye-opening and considerably unnerving second, I noticed one other firm has in depth demographic details about my household.

I realized I want to extend my exercise regime in one of many two locations I name dwelling, despite the fact that I assumed my exercises have been equal in each locations. I came upon that some corporations (fb, Google) do not need a robust view of my profile. But the demographic image that Verizon has of me is shockingly correct.

The information the assorted corporations provide you with provide a wealthy supply of uncooked materials for experimentation. It’s information that’s prone to deep evaluation, modelling and visualization actions. For instance, geographic coordinates and timestamps can be found for a lot of observations, permitting you to visualise or mannequin your actions.

I hope you discover your personal set of attention-grabbing insights by downloading your private information. Please let me know if in case you have noteworthy experiences in working with corporations aside from these I cowl right here.

It’s your information — Now go for it!

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