Artist Deng Yufeng bought the personal data of 346,000 Wuhan residents and displayed them at a Wuhan Art Gallery in an attempt to make people realize the extent of data leakage. He text messaged over 300,000 of the people to invite them to the gallery to see their data. The exhibition was reportedly closed after its first two days and Deng is still under investigation.

According to 1shoucang, an art news site (in Chinese), the Hubei youth artist Deng Yufeng put on the exhibition titled “Secrets”, billed as an experimental project, at hall seven of the Wuhan Art Gallery. There was an opening ceremony on April 4 and publicity surrounded the event.

The exhibition was divided into sections including big data, behavior and “data people,” where Deng displayed the personal data bought on the black market. Names, ages, heights, telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses, bank details, salaries, car license plates, online shopping history, hobbies, train ticket purchases, and other data were printed on cards and treated with a solution that made the data invisible in daylight but visible in low light. The data was highly detailed. For online shopping there was a breakdown of what had been bought and when.

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