The Right to Own Your Personal Data

The Right to Own Your Personal Data

PrivacyHere is a simple question posed by California lawmaker Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham in an Op Ed from the San Francisco Chronicle: Should we have the right to own our personal data? Ownership would mean you have full control over whether a company could use your personal data without your permission. Right now, that is how companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter make their income – by selling your personal data gathered from social media use on their platforms. Individuals presently have only very limited control over their privacy. On the surface, the answer would likely be … we should all have the right to own our personal data and the ability to determine who or what gets to have access to this information. However, the sale of this data is the premise on which Google and other search engines, Facebook and Instagram are built. How willing are you to give up use of these platforms? Read Assemblyman Cunningham’s concerns and see how you feel about the issue and his proposed regulation. Privacy is enshrined in our constitution, but very limited when it comes to social media.