I read “Personal data: Know thyself” and it got to me to thinking: is my personal ownership / control of my data the next big thing?
- Now I give away all my data to companies that bill me, sell me things, search the web for me, etc. Sometimes (always??) I get something in return.
- My data gets spread all hither and beyond. I cannot see/change/control/delete it. I likely cannot even see it.
- So if I “kept” this data someplace I own, and
- Controlled giving it away and updating or deleting it
….it would be a big change.
Some European countries are moving to give citizens legal rights along these lines.
Not in the article, but the other key piece: public key encryption makes it slick. I could control copies I give away to certain people, restrict it to their exclusive use, know where it came from if copies appear, know if it was ever edited, etc.
I plan to explore and develop this some more. Comments, anyone else interested? Any students want to dig into this with me?