Would you rather…
- have your data be transferrable (and trackable) across social services you use.
- have your data be collected directly at each social service you use and not shared.
Of course, these are not the only two options. I see many pros and cons around a much discussed topic, data portability. Done well, data portability can change the relationship about who gets to actually control and own their own data. Done poorly, data portability can make it very easy for external actors to surveille people using social services. Which would you like to see your sector moving towards? How would you like to see your own data stored? Have you had any experiences with these systems?
Super stripped down and very simplified, it means that a person can enter their data once into a shared portal and can then take that data with them across shared services. In other words, data portability is “the right for citizens and businesses to request the transfer of their personal data from one service or platform to another for reuse.”
Check out the report that the above quote is from and here’s another short article about data portability: