Personal Information Rights…

Many of my one-on-one patrons are very cautious of what information they submit on the internet. They may be interested in our June and July Tech, Talk, and Tea programs. Some one-on-one patrons aren’t very concerned with it, feeling like there’s no reason for them to protect what they consider relatively valueless digital assets. The other day I was doing my best to explain how one person’s “meh” is another person’s “aha…” I mean–what you may think is useless can often be exploited give the right tools, know-how, and ethical alignment.

Regardless of your stance, it’s interesting to see the European Union’s take on the news lately. They’re taking steps to ensure their residents have access to what, how, and where their personal information is used. Here’s are a few articles on the issue and how it may affect our lives in the United States, across the big blue wet thing:

CNBC: “US companies are not exempt from Europe’s new data privacy rules — and here’s what they need to do about it”

Wall Street Journal: “GDPR: What Is It and How Might It Affect You?”

European Union Press Release: “General Data Protection Regulation enters into application” 

If this topic is of interest to you, then I encourage you to check out the Crash Course YouTube playlist on what I consider a closely related topic: Media Literacy!


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