1. The Principle of Data OwnershipShort meta-text
2. The Privacy PrincipleShort meta-text2
3. The Principle of Information ConsentShort meta-text3
4. The Principle of TransparencyShort meta-text4
5. The Principle of Data AnalyticsShort meta-text5
6. The Principle of Algorithmic BiasesShort meta-text6
7. The Principle of ExploitationShort meta-text7
What is Data Ownership?Think about what it means to say that Smith owns his car. It means that Smith may control – broadly speaking - what happens to the car. He may for example control whether the car is used by Jones, whether the car is destroyed, sold to others etc. It also means that if Jones uses the car or destroys it against Smith’s will, then he owes Smith compensation. The idea behind The Principle of Data Ownership is that ownership over personal data works almost the same way. There are two crucial differences between ownership over tangible objects like cars, and intangible objects like data: Smith can sell his data to Jones, without Smith losing the data. But he cannot sell his car to Jones without losing it. And, if Smith uses his car, it will eventually be worn out. But, that is not the case with Smith’s data. In legal contexts, there are often no mentions of data ownership. Instead, a "right to control" data is often referred to. We believe that people´s rights over personal data should – by default - include more than that, such rights to use, delete and transfer. For that reason, we prefer the term "data ownership".
An ExampleImagine the following: Smith is talking with a friend about a product that he wants to buy, and shortly thereafter, Smith sees advertisement for that product on social media. The microphone in Smith’s smartphone has been turned on by companies in order to listen to what Smith might be likely to buy in the near future. According to the Principle of Data Ownership, the company is stealing Smith’s data in this case, unless he gave explicit informed consent beforehand.
"At Seluxit, we believe that people own data about themselves, and have the right to control what happens to their data. This is the first principle in our code of data ethics, and we call it The Principle of Data Ownership."