As Data Portability Grows, How Will Entities Balance Innovation vs. Privacy?


The GovLab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is pleased to host Jeni Tennison, CEO of the Open Data Institute, for its next Ideas Lunch, where she will discuss how data portability has been regulated in the United Kingdom and Europe, and what governments, businesses and people need to do to strike the balance between its risks and benefits.

The ability of people to move or copy data about themselves from one service to another — data portability — has been hailed as a way of increasing competition and driving innovation. In many areas, such as through the Open Banking initiative in the United Kingdom, the practice of data portability is fully underway and propagating. The launch of GDPR in Europe has also elevated the issue among companies and individuals alike. But recent online security breaches and other experiences of personal data being transferred surreptitiously from private companies, (e.g., Cambridge Analytica’s appropriation of Facebook data), highlight how data portability can also undermine people’s privacy. Also at issue is the notion of data responsibility, which The GovLab has discussed here and here.

Please join us on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm EST at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 2 MetroTech Center, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Jeni will share her insights about balancing innovation and privacy against data portability, explore next steps people and organizations can follow in light of new regulations, and take questions from members of the audience that will include data scientists, policy advocates, researchers, civic tech experts, government officials, students and more.

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