We recently spoke to renowned photojournalist Rick Smolan about his ambitious multimedia project, The Human Face of Big Data, which goes “behind the byes” to breathe life into 2013’s hottest buzzword. Smolan crowdsourced people-driven stories and images that illustrate many of the ways our smartphone records, texts, browser histories, GPS data and other information are affecting our ability to live healthier, happier and safer lives. The book also explores Big Data’s darker side, with a look at how technology is monitoring, tracking and pinpointing our (nearly) every move.

Where do you stand? Do the pros of Big Data outweigh the cons, or do you see many of today’s tools as a threat to your privacy and security? Let us know.