When Oink shut down yesterday, I used their export tool so that I could do something useful with the information I gave them. In requesting my data, which I did simply by filling out a form with only my username, I received the email below. In looking at the link, it seemed that my publicly available username (cristina) called for the download.
Oink Data Download Email >>>
So, curiously, I tried replacing my username with Kevin Rose’s: http://oink-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/kevinrose-export.zip (go ahead, click it). You’ll get a zip file of every item he has ever added, rated or reviewed. You’ll also get every photo he has ever uploaded to Oink.
All of Kevin Rose’s Oink Data
While you may think “So what?”, one’s personal photos and information are fully available for anyone and everyone to download.
Kevin Rose’s Photos
I began thinking about what access I gave to Oink – did I somehow allow them to make all of my data publicly available without my consent? Well, I tried exploring their privacy page, but it seems to conveniently redirect to their data export page. I hope in the Milk team’s next steps at Google, they place a higher value on user data and privacy.
Thanks for reading! I’m Cristina and I work at Pulse. I post more frequently on Twitter. We’re hiring at Pulse, so come join our team. Thanks to Filip Mares for reviewing this post and creating a better version of the Oink data exporter tool including foursquare data.