Tuesday, December 11, 2007

We want our data back (part 752...)

The riot of noise is being turned up to 11. In December last year I predicted that by this time this year we'd be seeing a clamour of people wanting their data back. Today ask.com offers a search tool which allows you to delete your data from their server. AskEraser puts the user back in control. Google keeps your data for up to 18 months.
There is a swing away from data ownership, data farming. It's about data mining now - data is all mine, not yours! See Ankur Shah's thoughts' about using data only when interacting with the owner of that data (ie the individual concerned) reported here.

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The rate of change is so rapid it's difficult for one person to keep up to speed. Let's pool our thoughts, share our reactions and, who knows, even reach some shared conclusions worth arriving at?