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Privacy is still alive and kicking in the digital age

by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg, first published in TechCrunch 25th December 2016

Our lives are lived in data. Data crossing borders and connected in virtual space. Most often, it appears, we live in open and too easily accessible data networks. States and corporations are watching us through data, and we are watching each other through data. What does individual privacy mean in this data saturated environment?

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Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage/Tech Crunch

The following is an abstract from the book Data Ethics — The New Competitive Advantage (2016) by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg,  TechCrunch, Nov 12, 2016.

We are living in an era defined and shaped by data. Data makes the world go round. It is politics, it is culture, it is everyday life and it is business. Our data-flooded era is one of technological progress, with tides rising at a never seen before pace. Roles, rights and responsibilities are reorganized and new ethical questions posed. Data ethics must and will be a new compass to guide us.

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Is True Online Privacy Only for the Rich?

by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg

First appeared in DailyDot 23rd October

BLOG: How come Facebook knows that I have a mother with Alzheimer’s, a woman asked the other day. She was sure that she hadn’t provided the social medium with such sensitive information. But when quizzed a bit further, she confirmed that she had googled the illness and been browsing the Alzheimer’s Association’s website. Both websites “gossip” about visitors’ behavior behind their back to other websites, including Facebook, via third-party cookies.

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Report on Digital Challenges for Consumers (Danish Consumers’ Council)

A new 2016 report from the Danish Consumers’ Council “Digital Challenges for Consumers in Denmark” by Gry Hasselbalch maps key challenges for Danish consumers in the digital era. A rapid digital adoption in Denmark has created a number of challenges for Danish consumers. In particular automatic data collection and correlation performed by both public and private actors challenge consumer privacy. Laws, consumers’ skill, as well as public institution’s and private businesses’ conduct, have not progressed in a way that adequately protects and empowers consumers’ in a digital market and public sphere. The report also points to solutions. There is a need for an updated regulatory data protection framework, a development of consumer skills that provide consumers’ with background knowledge of the life of and interests in their data and the advancement of privacy by design solutions in public and private business.

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Gry Hasselbalch – contact

Advisor for organisations on the social and data ethical implications of tech. Co-founder of DataEthics.eu. Independent ethics expert for the EU. Worked with internet policy and digital rights for 10 years in the pan EU network on youth & internet. Behind several larger studies and reports. Author of Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage. @mediamocracy, contact@mediamocracy.neomailbox.ch

Phone: +39 3512705584 (Italy), +45 29827374 (Denmark)

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