The story of data, Part 3: Who owns it?


In earlier installments of our story of data, we’ve established that we’re now awash in personal data. Wallowing in it. In this, our third installment, we’ll talk about who owns it.

Seems like a no-brainer: People own their own personal data. Or do they? Once a person shares their data, ownership becomes much murkier.

And with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into full force on May 25, 2018, guaranteeing residents of the European Union (EU) additional rights to their data, the issue becomes even more complicated.

Mike Dougherty, chief executive officer of programmatic radio ad platform Jelli, says that each person owns their own data, most of the time.

“Under GDPR law, the individual owns the rights to their data, with a few exceptions,” Dougherty said. “They ultimately have the final say, not the company that possesses it — whether obtained through consent or not.”

[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]


About The Author

Robin Kurzer started her career as a daily newspaper reporter in Milford, Connecticut. She then made her mark on the advertising and marketing world in Chicago at agencies such as Tribal DDB and Razorfish, creating award-winning work for many major brands. For the past seven years, she’s worked as a freelance writer and communications professional across a variety of business sectors.

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