While being interviewed by Walt Mossberg during a keynote conversation at SXSW Interactive, Al Gore focused on the rising tide of data-tracking technologies, which he described as a shift to a
“Stalker Economy.” Citing the role the U.S. government and private industry are playing in tracking individuals’ data, Gore said it is one of the reasons for ephemeral photo and
video sharing platform Snapchat, which erases files shared with seconds of sharing them.
“Clearly, part of its appeal is that it reduces the likelihood of that
permanent digital record being out there,” Gore surmised.