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GDPR – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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General Data Protection Regulation – (GDPR) if short form or long version a lot of companies shudder reading this letters. On the one hand it caused people working overtime and on the other hand it funded the one or other Porsche. Great time working as lawyer consulting companies. I was on the other side trying to fulfill regulations reading and discussing a lot and of course writing reports heading for decisions. To be honest during this process I wondered more than once why I am doing this and what are the advantages.

I stumbled a few days ago upon Maciej Ceglowski´s closing speech at beyond the tellerrand in 2014 in Düsseldorf. He made some very valid points how the internet develops and why regulations make sense. Here you find his whole speech.

Maciej Ceglowski – The Internet With a Human Face – beyond tellerrand Düsseldorf 2014 from beyond tellerrand on Vimeo.

Data Collections – the bad and ugly

The internet changed a lot, affected everybody and boosted globalization. A space where people meet from everywhere reaching out on a massive amount of information. On the other hand the internet cannot forget and nobody wants to solve this. Every action is saved somewhere. At the beginning the web was chaotic, decentralized and nobody was in control. Nowadays we use one search engine, one video platform and one analytics. Somehow a center of the web was created and Google offers devices, develops Operating Systems, provide a browser, DNS Server and all these websites. Therefore Google submits the end to end experience.

When the American government started to use the same data selection as the Silicon Valley, they freaked out writing an open letter. But what is the difference? The principle is the same, collecting data makes you powerful.

  • In Poland in the 70s and 80s the so called pink files were collected by the police. A collection of people who were gay or lesbian. The collection is about 11.000 files big. But luckily every government since Communism agreed to delete them as they violate human rights. Unfortunately the files still exist and have not been deleted so far due to costs for deleting them.

  • People using AOL were shocked when three months of anonymous search terms were published.

  • Maciej Ceglowski asks in his speech where the data from Friendster and sixdegrees, two former social media channels, went to.
  • In India seven people were arrested because of negative postings about the newly elected chief minister.
  • Moreover Cambridge Analytica used probably data to influence the US election and the voting of the Brexit.

To put it in one sentence: Data is power.

GDPR – G stands for Good

Maciej Ceglowski proposed six points in 2014 to make the web a better place again.

  1. Regulate data usage

  2. Limit what can be detected

  3. Right to be forgotten

  4. Possibility to opt in or out

  5. Right for information which data is collected

  6. Introduction of consistent internet regulations for all countries

According to me GDPR fulfills some of the mentioned points. Probably the EU is heading towards the right direction and hopefully others will follow. Is it a competitive disadvantage internationally operating companies based in the EU are now facing?

 

Sources

Maciej Ceglowski´s speech at beyond the tellerrand 2014 in Düsseldorf

https://www.falter.at/archiv/FALTER_20180411D4DCCDF550/facebooks-reaktion-auf-die-vertrauenskrise

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/arrested-over-a-facebook-status-7-times-people-landed-in-jail-for-posts-against-politicians/story-ON1jukoStfV6T8aYcJEVGJ.html

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/mar/24/facebook-week-of-shame-data-breach-observer-revelations-zuckerberg-silence

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