Web developer Dylan Curran, based in Waterford, Ireland, decided to download both his Facebook and Google archives on Saturday. The data held by the world’s most popular social media site was fairly large, at around 600mb, equivalent to roughly 400,000 Word documents. But this paled in comparison to Google’s data file, which was 5.5gb, almost 10x larger. This is around the same size as three million Word documents.

Google stores details of everywhere you’ve been. For Mr Curran, this included his travels around Ireland over the previous 12 months, including journey times between towns and cities. When MailOnline decided to drill down into this data, it revealed a surprising level of detail. As well as foreign travel, it included the name of a number of pubs visited, the length of time spent in them, and the route taken to get home.

Much more here. Meanwhile, at Facebook: “Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.” Needed: a Mo Udall for tech, as he was for the oil companies.

Perhaps related but at least more fun: did you know that A Face in the Crowd and On the Waterfront were written by the same guy?

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