User Data Manifesto 2.0

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User Data Manifesto 2.0

Abstract Defining basic rights for people to control their own data in the internet age.
Topics Data Protection, Data Usability, Technology


Three are the main principles of the User Data Manifesto 2.0:

  • "Control over user data access. Data explicitly and willingly uploaded by a user should be under the ultimate control of the user. Users should be able to decide whom to grant direct access to their data and with which permissions and licenses such access should be granted."
  • "Knowledge of how the data is stored. When the data is uploaded to a specific service provider, users should be informed about where that specific service provider stores the data, how long, in which jurisdiction the specific service provider operates, and which laws apply."
  • "Freedom to choose a platform. Users should always be able to extract their data from the service at any time without experiencing any vendor lock-in. Open standards for formats and protocols are necessary to guarantee this."

"Many services that deal with user data at the moment are gratis, but that does not mean they are free (as in freedom). Instead of paying with money, users are paying with their allegiance to the service providers so that they can exploit user data (e.g. by selling them, licensing them or building a profile for advertisers)." See also Digital Consumers and The Law. Towards a Cohesive European Framework, where it deals with privacy as currency.

"To ensure that user data is under the users’ control, the best technical designs include peer-to-peer or distributed systems, and unhosted applications."