In a recent article from the MIT Technology Review by Martin Tisne, examines “data ownership” and why data rights are important and how they might work to protect not only individuals, but society as a while.
According to Tisne,
“ Most people value their own privacy, just as they value the ability to breathe clean air. An incremental erosion of privacy is tough to notice and does little harm to anyone—just as trace amounts of carbon dioxide are scarcely detectable and do no environmental harm to speak of. But in the aggregate, just as large amounts of greenhouse gases cause fundamental damage to the environment, a massive shift in the nature of privacy causes fundamental damage to the social fabric. “