Privacy, Big Data, And The Right To Be Forgotten

Don't I need to be remembered before I can be forgotten? 

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I am going to remember you - and what you do - FOREVER! 

No - this is not your parents', or sweetheart's warning. Rather, it's your friendly service, software, or hardware provider.

Do you recall signing on the dotted line allowing (as mere examples)... AT&T (or your carrier of choice), Apple, Facebook or Google to remember your data forever? Your photos. Your videos. What about your system logs? Your IP address for each device you use? Oh, did you think about the cookies for sites you visit? And, of course, what about those search terms from 10+ years ago? 

It's probably safe to say... you probably don't recall. Why? Because, let's face it: who really reads the EULA

For that same reason, you cannot possibly be aware that, surreptitiously, they also forced a big change upon us. They removed the option to ‘own’ the devices and installed software, and, instead, they started renting us those "things" as a service; and by extension, the data that is generated is thereby owned by the ‘leasing’ corporation and not by us as consumers.


That is how organizations get permission from consumers to collect, aggregate, retain, and often share and resell such personal data. Only once we discuss this issue—openly, and with transparency—can we truly delve into how and to whom we shall ask 'to be forgotten.'

As a society, are we even aware of the extent of the digital traces (aka, digital exhaust) to which leave behind? Who is going to benefit from it? How many doors do we have to knock on just to ask for our own data back? Will they give it to us? What about those "collectors" of information that don't play by any laws, regulations, or rules?

While this sounds like doom and gloom, maybe there is a silver lining; an opportunity for a change. Perhaps it is the right time for a forward-leaning organization to break the mold and show in an easy-to-comprehend fashion what data they collect. Maybe we can put a price on this information and make us dumb consumers aware of what we are giving up and what it is costing us; giving us the option to participate in this trade if we want to, or bail out if we don't.

Join us as we dive into these topics and navigate our way through some untrodden paths which are guaranteed to make you uncomfortable. We apologize, but that’s how we educate and force change and drive towards The Moral Compass.

To start, listen to Dennis Zimmer, from Opvizor, and Ashwin Krishnan, guest host for ITSPmagazine's The Moral Compass, as they delve into this discussion in full force.


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