23 February 2018
From 2018, EU regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation will give consumers new rights and transform our relationships with organisations for good. And you can look forward to private-data accounts to allow you to acquire and use data for your own benefit. It’s become clear in recent years that companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook have been using our data to become dominant entities. And there were major privacy violations in 2017, with Facebook alone dealt a £98m fine. Then of course there are the innumerable scammers relentlessly selling our personal data on a seemingly daily basis.
“I always tell people that if you haven’t had your identity stolen already, you will.” - Mike Sullivan, Take Charge America
This is why it’s so important that we take charge of our digital lives. And that’s where GDPR and new technology like private-data accounts come in.
A private-data account is just like an individual bank account, but instead of paying money into it you use it as a place to keep your personal information safe. Inside these accounts - stored locally or cloud-based, your data will become your asset, meaning you can give specific access rights in return for services. We legally own our own data, enabling us to bring it in and send it out as we wish, without ever having to reveal our identity. This is a complete changeround to how the internet currently works, where we give up this data in return for access to services.
“As we all become increasingly reliant on social networking websites and new technologies to stay connected, it’s important to remain cognizant of how private personal information and data is handled.” - Michael Bennet
So you can now get ready for a new generation of apps and websites that will use private-data accounts rather than regular user accounts. Being able to store your personal data for yourself means you will no longer have to rely on governments or corporations to store it for you. You’re the only one who can access what’s inside.
The importance of responsible computer recycling has never been more vital, if you want to keep your personal and organisational secrets to yourself and help to reduce the mounting e-waste problem around the globe. If your company is one that is committed to the ethical recycling of its obsolete computers and technology products, make sure secure and environmentally friendly computer recycling that adheres to proper recycling regulations is part of your consideration, to ensure ultimate data security. It’s also important to be aware that companies are now legally obliged to safely dispose of potentially sensitive information in accordance with current security laws and the Data Protection Act of 1998. Be sure only to use a computer recycling company that operates in accordance with, and preferably exceeds all government guidelines such as the WEEE Directive and the Data Protection Act.