The Common Data Project is a new not‐for‐profit organization dedicated to changing the way we think about and use personal data. The organization actively supports the development of new technologies and standards that will allow us to share valuable, sensitive data without jeopardizing our individual privacy.
The report walks through seven questions meant to pinpoint the issues CDP believes are most crucial for a user’s privacy, from questions on how “personal information” is defined to the kind of choices offered to users regarding how their information is shared. Alex Selkirk, the Director of CDP, stated, “We weren’t surprised that these policies were so hard to read and understand. But it was instructive for us, as an organization trying to create new norms around data collection and privacy, to see precisely what companies today think are adequate promises to make to their users.”
Mimi Yin, a board member, stated, “Few people actually read privacy policies, but as people become more and more aware of the privacy problems in online data collection today, the ones that do decide to read Google or Microsoft’s policy should know what they actually mean.”
The Common Data Project believes the report provides the kind of information users need to participate in the public debate about how online data collection should change, and it welcomes questions and comments.
(bron: persnericht Common Data Project)