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Inside the pop-up store that reveals the truth about web privacy

You have much less privacy online that you might realise.
By Danny Palmer, Senior Writer
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The Glass Room

The Glass Room pop-up in central London is a joint project by Mozilla and Tactical Tech. It aims to educate visitors about the implications of an increasingly digital lifestyle. The exhibition is from 25 October to 12 November.

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More than meets the eye...

The exhibition is designed to evoke the feel of a high-end tech store and aims to draw people in off a busy London street -- but visitors will quickly find the Glass Room doesn't sell anything.

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What privacy do you have now?

The exhibit aims to show what an increasingly digital world means, and highlight the attitudes towards data and privacy of some of the world's biggest technology organisations.

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Mark Zuckerberg's house

A scale model of Mark Zuckerberg's home -- and the four around it he also owns -- aims to show the contrast between the Facebook founder's desire for personal privacy and his company's attitude to the privacy of its users.

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Every acquisition by the big tech firms

This display shows users all of the acquisitions made by the world's biggest term firms, including Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon. Many people may not realise the increasing influence these firms are gaining over people's offline lives.

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Bigger than governments?

The power of tech firms is represented in this display, demonstrating Apple's wealth in comparison to government budgets.

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Your phone gives away more than you think

This display shows real-time data of mobile devices which are trying to connect to a specially set up network in the store. The aim is to show how users can be tracked, even if their device isn't actually connected to a network but is just looking for potential connections.

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Your love life, scraped for data

Various interactive displays show people how services collect and use data about users. Apps can bury what data they monitor -- like user's locations -- deep in their terms and conditions.

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What if you read the Ts&Cs?

The extreme length of terms and conditions is demonstrated by this video of a man reading Ts&Cs of a popular technology product. The process takes over eight hours, longer than the exhibition is open for each day.

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Your password - available to see

Another long read is this eight-volume book collection. It contains over one hundred million passwords exposed as a result of the 2012 LinkedIn hack, an incident which didn't come to light until 2016.

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