What are Data Rights?
Data rights give you control over your data. They are essential to keep tech accountable and restore trust. They contribute to a fair digital society.
Individuals’ Rights to Personal Data
Right to Know of Data Collection
Receiving notice when and where data relating to you is collected, shared or used, is necessary for your ability to enforce your rights.
Having the right to request access to information held about you, and to learn how your data is stored and used, is also paramount to hold providers accountable.
Right to Data Portability
You should always be able to extract your data from a service at any time without experiencing any vendor lock-in.
The right to portability is necessary to ensure your freedom to move. It enables you to re-use your data in new ways, and adapt them to your needs.
Rights to Free Consent and Opt-Out
Consent should always be freely given and individuals should be able to withdraw their consent at any time.
Where consent is not required or appropriate, the right to opt-out helps protect your rights, freedoms and interests.
Rights of Rectification and Erasure
Inaccurate, incorrect or useless data are a liability and prone to abuse. The rights to rectification and erasure helps you against irrelevant processing of your data.
Data and Security
Whether you are an individual user, a business, or an organised community, your ability to control your data and your autonomy should not be traded in exchange for security, or left open to abusive surveillance or exploitation.
How to enforce and advance Data Rights?
Users, communities and organisations, one by one, routinely sign away the rights to their data with unbalanced and sometimes opaque terms and conditions. Your rights require a collective response, and legally enforceable remedies.
Some countries have comprehensive data protection laws that grants individuals rights to their personal data. The European Union’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) grants individuals rights, regardless of nationality or residence, as long as the data controller or processor are within the GDPR’s extensive jurisdiction. Privacy laws in California also grants users certain rights.
However, these laws are not enough.
To become effective, your rights require enforcement and improvements. Data Rights was founded in 2020 to help make your rights a reality. To learn more, get our updates or contact us.
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