Data privacy, ownership, stewardship, and data sovereignty have been driving the technology strategy in the recent years. In many domains, the compliance and policy for the regulatory and legal (such as GDPR in the EU) are part of an organization’s design itself such as in fintech, healthcare, insurance, and in the real estate.
When we fill a form to sign for a technology conference, or download a university program admission brochure, or to book train tickets, we are concerned about the use of our data. Because this is our data. My information that I am Vinish Garg, and I live in Chandigarh, is my data.
Even if they just see and process my data in their internal spreadsheets, it is still my data.
Benedict Evans wrote a post recently that our data is not our data when it is merely the data. According to Benedict, data is in the interactions, engagements, actions, and the processing and operations on our information because this is what the companies need and they build on.
I do not agree that data privacy or ownership has anything to do with any actions on my data. Data even if merely stored and saved without any defined or clear reasons is also my data.
The Cities Coalition for Digital Rights has put together a Digital Rights Governance Framework that focuses on the local safeguarding of human rights in the digital context of city governments. Education about data privacy and data journey and the boundaries are an important part of digital rights literacy. Specifically, it outlines how cities can uphold a human rights-based approach with regards to the digitalisation of their services and to some extent the digitalisation of the city.