(modified from the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights)
We the citizens of the World, in an effort to promote information freedom – while respecting the individual rights of all Internet users – do hereby declare the following standards for Internet use and conduct regardless of where in the World it may be used:
- We have a right to expect that companies and other internet users will collect, use, and disclose personal data in ways that are consistent with the context in which we provide the data.
- We have a right to reasonable limits on the personal data that companies collect and how long they retain it.
- We have the right to exercise control over what personal data companies collect from us and how they use it.
- We have a right to easily understandable and accessible information about privacy and security practices of all Internet companies
- We have a right to secure and responsible handling of personal data including fair and appropriate sanctions for its mishandling, improper, or illegal use
- We have a right to access and correct our personal data in usable formats, in a manner that is appropriate to the sensitivity of the data and the risk of adverse consequences to us if the data is inaccurate
- We have a right to have personal data handled by companies with appropriate measures in place to assure they adhere to the Internet Standards
It’s not clear from the White House’s announcement of the Consumer’s Bill of Rights in February whether these principles, which call for common-sense notions like notification, choice, responsible security and data usage, will be turned into law or whether they will instead become a code of conduct that (media) companies can voluntarily agree to follow. I guess it may be up to all of us to decide.