It is easy to believe that if personal data is used to show us advertisements, it is not that bad. However, advertisements are the visible aspect of the massive accumulation of data of end consumers. Hiring decisions, credit scores, and surveillance can be based on the same personal data. The only difference between them is their visibility during our daily activities.
The discussion is complex and probably worth more than few paragraphs. Therefore, this is the first essay of a series that will focus on data, privacy, the status quo and options looking forward.
In this piece, I want to lay out the foundations of what I consider personal data and who benefit s from accumulating it. I will quickly reflect on the responsibility that individual and corporate programmers have in the decisions they make, both knowingly and unwillingly.
You can read the fool essay by following the link