Re: More barriers please
Stop the bandits making off with my private information, using their "innovative business models".
Exactly so. Try this on for size:
- You (this means governments, quangos, government agencies, businesses and non-proifits) can only retain information specific to an individual or that identifies an individual if all copies of it are securely encrypted wherever it is stored or in transit within your organisation.
- You will ensure that this information is only available to members of your organisation with a demonstrated task-related need to access it.
- You may not pass this information to a third party without the explicit permission of the individual it describes. The list of these authorisations must be available to the individual.
- You may not pass this information to a third party who cannot meet the safeguards given above and it must be securely encrypted during any such authorised transfer.
I think that about covers it. I don't think that this set of rules can harm any legitimate business since it is really just a description of best privacy practise. Admittedly it would be bad news to the Googles and FBs of this world, but who cares: you can make a good case that the way they (mis)use personal data is indistinguishable from data theft.
If they want to stay in business they can always move to a subscription model: I'd be willing to pay for use of Google Earth and possibly for their search engine (since its behind IXquick) and YouTube but nothing else they, FB and friends do has the slightest value to me.