Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Support "Right to Know" Act

California law makers introduced a legislation that would allow consumers to get their personal data from companies and whom they shared the personal data with.  Right to Know Act (AB 1291) will require Googles and Facebooks in the world to disclose their Californian's personal data that they store, and notify their users before or after the data is shared with third parties.

If you've paid attention to all the privacy disclosure forms that you get from credit card companies, you know that privacy disclosure is already mandated for financial industries.  What EFF and ACLU of Northern California are trying to do is to expand this to cover digital personal data stored by online software giants like Google and Facebook.  You can read more about the Right to Know Act on EFF blog or take a look at the Assembly Bill 1291 in PDF format.

I like the approach that the Right to Know Act is taking.  It's calling for transparency to personal information sharing among companies.  This will allow users to make informed decisions when selecting one company over the other.  As long as users have access to how company is sharing their personal data, the users can demand the change.  The Right to Know Act will shine lights on how much users are indirectly paying for their freemium services.  It may spark more pay-to-use services to launch.

Digital privacy is something that we have to actively protect.  It's been too long where all the power shifted to tech giants away from individual users.  We all understand that we are voluntarily submitting our information for our convenience, but that does not mean that we are giving up all our rights on how our information can be managed and shared.

From online companies perspective, the right thing to do is to store as little of personally identifiable information as possible to provide the service.

If you are a California resident, you can use the following button to support the Right to Know Act through EFF.  I ask that you do.

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