There’s a wealth of information about our rhythms and routines scattered about our email inboxes. What if we could gain valuable personal insights from this data?
Back when Edward Snowden leaked the details about the NSA’s PRISM program, a lot of people seemed unphazed by the government’s monitoring of metadata on emails. However, all these snippets of information regarding things like senders, receivers and timestamps can be analyzed together to paint a rough picture of someone’s habits. Even before the NSA scandal broke, an academic paper already outlined how, combined with ancillary information, metadata can be used to correctly identify someone in a broad universe.
How about using these high-end espionage techniques to better purposes? By giving your email client (and your email client alone) access to all the data contained in your inbox, you would be able to successfully diagnose your routine. Usage times, peak»