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Let's put a brake on the real snoopers

Jonny Evans | Nov. 12, 2013
The outcry over the NSA/GCHQ Internet surveillance scandal can't hide the fact that huge corporations won't say what they know.

Given that this data will be associated with a user's account ID, it seems logical that customers be provided with clear, comprehensible control over all the data associated with their own accounts. Customers should be able to choose what data they are willing to share with technology companies. Customers should have far more insight into these choices than the strange legal jargon surrounding current usage agreements.

This is not too much to ask, because it is now no longer paranoid to believe that data held by any technology company is an open book to any well-resourced group capable of hacking the system — government or criminal.

Customers deserve the opportunity to access what data is held about them by these firms in order to edit, correct and delete it. We, not government or corporations, should enjoy total control.


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