Modern life is complex. Conveyancing, accounting, healthcare… We need either to understand these things and do them ourselves, or outsource them to someone else and trust them to do it.
A good place to start is to ask the company what their business model is. If this isn’t clear from their website, that’s not a good start. Examples of business models include: users pay for a service, a freemium model in which some features are gratis and others subscription, or that the service is funded by advertising. One trick to watch out for is services who are very keen to tell you how good their security is, and hope you will fall into the trap of thinking this means the same as privacy. Aral Balkan: There is no such thing as “data privacy”, there is privacy. Data doesn’t have rights, people have a human right to privacy. Your data belongs to you & is a part of you. Data about people is people.
How We Were Trained to Lower the Drawbridge by Marc Scott
Kids can’t use computers… and this is why it should worry you by Marc Scott – TL;DR hardly anyone can use a computer
Why Metadata Matters, by Kurt Opsahl, Electronic Frontier Federation
They know you rang a phone sex service at 2:24 am and spoke for 18 minutes. But they don’t know what you talked about.
They know you called the suicide prevention hotline from the Golden Gate Bridge. But the topic of the call remains a secret.
They know you spoke with an HIV testing service, then your doctor, then your health insurance company in the same hour. But they don’t know what was discussed.
They know you received a call from the local NRA office while it was having a campaign against gun legislation, and then called your senators and congressional representatives immediately after. But the content of those calls remains safe from government intrusion.
They know you called a gynecologist, spoke for a half hour, and then called the local Planned Parenthood’s number later that day. But nobody knows what you spoke about.
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on 24 May 2016 and will apply from 25 May 2018, is an essential step to strengthen citizens’ rights in the digital age. To learn more about GDPR, who it affects, and how to prepare for it, see Troy Hunt’s free course: The GDPR Attack Plan.