Lack of control over Data

Jan 15 2018

One of the topics raised in the Hub4NGI D2.1 deliverable that is worth discussing further, is a lack of control over Data.

There is a considerable fear that citizens’ privacy is being eroded by the exploitation of citizens’ personal data by profiling, and citizens have no control over this. At the DIN Forum 2017 there was concern that the dominators of the Internet economy; Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google, are using and selling our personal data.

According to the Lipparini & Romeo  there are a lot of conversations about preserving net neutrality and equal access to the Internet, or making sure that user privacy, security, and data ownership are preserved, and that data based profiling doesn’t result in manipulation of people or the democratic process. Once you give you're data to a provider, it is out of your control. Exacerbating this problem is the fear around the difficulties encountered when citizens want to manage their privacy. Even when citizens know where their data has been processed, it is not easy to exert any control over how the processing is done, or to prevent processing. 

There is a strong feeling about the right to know who had collected your personal data and who controls it. The need for all EU countries to formalise this through legal channels was discussed in Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre, The Next Generation Internet workshop - Widen the European space of life and work. Workshop Report, 8 June 2017