Stop saying ‘privacy,’ start saying ‘data protection’

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Stop saying ‘privacy,’ start saying ‘data protection’

By Paris Martineau

Privacy policy, in the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal — and with Europe’s new data protection regulations kicking in soon — it’s been used a lot, and understandably so. Companies just can’t seem to get user privacy right, and the users themselves seem to be constantly vacillating between either a state of total apathy or absolute rage as their data floats around the internet like a bag of chips at a house party. In times like these, it seems pedantic as hell to quibble over words and definitions, but perhaps we should be.

The term “privacy” carries the distinct connotation of privilege. It’s the sort of thing that must be deliberately bestowed upon another. You tell someone, I’ll give you a little privacy, okay?, not You have privacy. It can’t exist without external grace.

“Data protection is a legal concept that not only suggests property rights and civil rights, but also something you can prove and disprove, like you can prove or disprove whether your data was protected or not,” said Carroll when asked about the impact of such a change in terminology. “It’s really hard to define privacy, let alone determine if it was injured. From a legal perspective they’re way ahead of us, and we need to catch up fast.”

Read the full article and learn more about Privacy Policy here.

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