Eyes on Tāmaki is an interactive experience that's part of a research partnership with the University of Auckland. The project examines data surveillance through facial recognition and asks you to consider how you interact with your own smartphone. Find it in the Living City room of Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland.

Eyes on Tāmaki lets you explore what really happens when you use face filters and other apps on your smartphone. The data these apps harvest is only one of many types that is collected by corporations and governments in order to analyse our behaviour both off- and online. This is what we call 'data surveillance'.

Data can be used responsibly to do a lot of great things, such as improving how we provide commercial and government services to people, connecting us to friends and family, even helping us find concerts we might like to go to. But we are still figuring out how to articulate and protect our individual and collective data rights.

Get informed

These resources will help you know what your rights are currently, explain how to handle suspected data breaches, and shed light on some lesser known areas of data surveillance research.

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The University of Auckland research team is sharing some of the latest international news about what's happening in the world of data on Twitter at @EyesonTāmaki

Please note: the views and opinions expressed in this Twitter feed are those of the University of Auckland reserach team and do not necessarily reflect the views of Auckland Museum.

Eyes on Tāmaki is the inaugural project of the Future Tāmaki Research Partnership, which will see  Auckland Museum partner with research institutions in Auckland to explore the relevance of data to our everyday lives. This interactive was developed alongside the University of Auckland’s Drs Ethan Plaut (Communication) and Danielle Lottridge (Computer Science) with Dr Fabio Morreale (Music).