Privacy vs User Data Control

We talk about privacy a lot around here and we talk about users having control over their own data. In some ways those feel like different conversations, but I’m wondering if much of our privacy concerns are just a special case of having control over where our data is seen/stored/shared. Where is that true and where does that not hold up?

I don’t understand this part. Did you mean to use what/where instead, or do you mean, “having control over who sees” it? In my view the answers are separate but there is some overlap depending on what you’re saying.

I meant “where”, and I thank you for catching the typo. I’m going to fix it now, and your message will just sit here confusing readers for all eternity.

1 Like

In general, privacy is a fundamental human right to individual freedom, free from scrutiny, interference or intrusion by others including the state. So, an individual has the right to make decisions concerning personal, private matters, seems critical. Information privacy, in particular, is the right of individuals’ to have some control – right to make decisions – over how their personal information (data) is collected and used.

Thinking of Project Liberty, “User Data Control” seems more a manifestation, implementation of the more abstract “Privacy” where the individual controls and can decide to selectively disclose, depending on context, any piece of personal or other information as they see fit, unilaterally. It seems that “User Data Control” is the tangible, technical implementation of “Privacy”?

This ruling has set a far-reaching precedent for “Privacy” and “User Data Control”:

Meta fined €17m over EU data breaches (computerweekly.com)

€17m is not likely to upset Meta but it is the infringement of Article 5(1) which in effect makes the covert aggregation, harvesting and retention of personal data without explicitly, specified, legitimate business purpose(s) and so forth, illegal. That impacts the underlying business models and practices for all current social platforms (AdTech):

Meta fined €17m over EU data breaches (computerweekly.com)

Hope this is helpful to Project Liberty.

Kind Regards,

Patrick

1 Like

I like that framing. User data control is, in part, an implementation of privacy values. What parts of privacy aren’t implemented through user data controls?

1 Like

I can only think of a platform e2e encryption implementation, like Whatsapp, that provides some privacy from silent, 3rd party intrusion / interference. This aspect of privacy is unlikely to be implemented as user data controls but rather as a standard blockchain (DSNP) default feature as blockchains are, I believe. Can’t think of others?

1 Like