Personal Data: An overview of low and middle-income countries

World Wide Web Foundation, Aug 10, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I just mentioned the EDUCAUSE article comparing different student data protection schemas. That article should be compared with this one, and especially the chart on page 11 looking at different mechanisms, including trade agreements, Commonwealth provisions, OECD, APEC and European directives. "There are generally weaker data protections in low and middle-income countries, leaving their citizens at risk." This includes the U.S. (see the chart on page 12). In a regime of increased surveillance and growth in government (and corporate) data collection we are seeing growing public mistrust. The report proposes three key elementsd to achieving data justioce (quoted):

  • Everyone should be free from greater government infringement on their (data) privacy;
  • Everyone should be free to create and use a “digital identity”;
  • Everyone should have the right to identify and challenge when their personal data is used to discriminate against them.

That would be a start.

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