Who owns data — governments, Big Tech, or us?

April 13, 2018

Who owns big data — governments, big tech, or users? The answer depends on where you live in the world and the dominant powers at play. Thanks to Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulations, which go into effect this May, EU residents are about to have a lot more control over how their data is organized. They’ll have the “right to be forgotten,” allowing them to remove or update data from company servers, and the power to get a hold of this data and transfer it to other companies — a right known as data portability. Companies will be required to get explicit permission before targeting EU residents for advertising purposes.

 

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