The intersection between privacy, big data, and competition #FTC-2018-0051-D-0015

Submission Number:
FTC-2018-0051-D-0015
Commenter:
Adrian Gropper
Organization:
Patient Privacy Rights
State:
Massachusetts
Initiative Name:
The intersection between privacy, big data, and competition
4 - The intersection between privacy, big data, and competition; Aggregation of personal data from multiple sources disproportionately increases the value of each persons data and it also makes re-identification of data much easier. The resulting data brokerage business is a hidden taking of a valuable individual asset. The surveillance capitalism business model threatens individual autonomy, free speech, and the right to be left alone. Involuntary surveillance should be limited to law enforcement and banned or heavily regulated everywhere else. All data aggregators should be regulated the way we regulate credit bureaus. Otherwise technology advances that effectively make network and storage cost negligible will soon mean that each of us has dossiers with thousands of separate data brokers.