We lost our digital self-determination
Our personal data related to our health, fitness, consumer habits, and education are routinely and constantly collected. This happens in many ways: With Apps, sensors in smart phones, at cash points in retail stores, via the web browser. Nowadays, personal data are a resource and constitute an important economical basis. Data are the infrastructure of the 21st. century.
Typically, we pay for online services not with money, but with our data: Cumulus membership is “free of charge”, webbrowsers can be downloaded and installed for free. But our own personal data are not stored under our own control. As a consequence we have become dependent on large corporations and data firms; we lost most of our digital self-determination. However, we can re-institute digital self-determination if we succeed to regain control over the use of our personal data.
Let us re-establish digital self-determination by chartering data portability: A right to copies of our own personal data
The Swiss Federal Government and Economiesuisse are both against data portability and do not want to grant individuals the right to obtain a copy of their own personal data. In 2015, Fathi Derder (National Council and member of the Swiss Liberal Democratic Party) handed a corresponding postulate to the Swiss Federal Council. The postulate was considered, but rejected and data portability is not included in the current revision of the Swiss data protection law.