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Opinion: Consumers Should Get To Use Data Too

April 25, 2011

Consumers should be given the right to access and use their own data, writes Richard Thaler for The New York Times. "If a business collects data on consumers electronically, it should provide them with a version of that data that is easy to download and export to another website." Thaler calls this his guiding principle and the missing element in the proposed Kerry-McCain Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights. Consumers should be able to "use the data that is being collected to improve our own lives," he writes. The author points to similar initiatives such as the federal government's "Blue Button" program and Britain's MyData, which Thaler helped develop. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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