DATASUCKER: the hidden side of our beloved technologies

This project brings together stories about how technological devices and services have been used to collect, store and process data in Latin America. Data are being generated by daily activities like internet browsing, use of transportation cards, approval of bank transactions and usage of a wide variety of apps. While the abundant databases that register our activities could be utilized to improve policies and services, the improper use of personal information can also expose, segregate and threaten individuals.

With narratives about the mass production of data and its day-to-day presence, we want to make concepts like privacy, big data and surveillance in everyday life more accessible. We hope this will reinforce the importance of an awareness about potential impacts that the implementation of technologies can have on human rights. We want to strengthen advocacy strategies to protect data in Latin America. This project has been developed in cooperation with partners from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia. The themes and strategies of investigation resulted from conversations with journalists, activists, lawyers and privacy specialists and are organized in four categories: city, home, pocket and body.



Joana Varon and Natasha Felizi

Coordination and Edition

Phase 2: Joana Varon and Tati Dias


Juliana Lucato

Web development and design

Steffania Paola



Research and text

Dia Kayyali, Fernanda Távora, Flavio Siqueira, Igor Natusch, Joana Varon, Larissa Ribeiro, Leandro Demori, Lucas Teixeira, Natália Zuazo, Natasha Felizi, Raquel Rennó, Tati Dias


Daniel Roda, Diana Moreno, Jorge Oliveira and Sérgio Spagnuolo


Jorge Davidson (ESP); Courtney Crumpler and Breno Longhi (EN)


Datalabe, Derechos Digitales, Idec, Karisma, Privacy International and Tactical Tech Collective