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Current Issue (April 2017)

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DPL April 2017


Data portability - the next battleground


The Article 29 Working Party adopted, on 5 April 2017, its final guidelines on data portability under the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679), amongst others. To coincide with the adoption, this month’s editorial features an extract from Eduardo’s book, ‘The Future of Privacy’ from 2013, on what data portability is, the context behind its development as a concept and its likely evolution.

Back to people’s data rights and the tangible value that they can provide, another proposed practice at the heart of the European Commission’s (‘the Commission’) thinking for a modernised EU data privacy framework is the ability to get your own data and use it elsewhere. This is not to be confused with the right to access our own data and make decisions, once that data is in our possession. The vision put forward by the Commission goes quite a bit further and aims to create situations which resemble the ability to take your mobile number with you when you swap handsets or network providers, or to continue to benefit from no-claim bonuses when changing insurance companies. So, your data follows you across services and providers of services like a loyal life companion. 

As data-related benefits go, this one is kind of neat. Our interactions with technology such as social media, mobile apps and all sorts of internet-based services, produce a visible trail of information which, in many cases, will be of significant value to us, such as our Facebook timeline, music downloads or workouts loaded onto a fitness app. However, any existing records of such interactions are normally only visible or available to us through specific sites, apps or services. Therefore, being able to lift all that information and make it accessible and useful elsewhere - such as an alternative, but potentially more attractive service or more sophisticated app - would be a welcome feature. 

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