People are beginning to wise up to the implications of allowing those cuddly Web2.0 services to host all that nice information your give* them (see Because you can’t do bettr than Flickr for instance for the enthusiasm that Web2.0 can generate – sorry Simon, only picking on you because my comment on your blog raises the issue of data protection)
In For Your Information | ‘Web 2.0’ and data control Peter Bradwell of Demos has picked up that even Tim O’Reilly (not a poor man, I don’t believe) has noticed that internet business are interested in money, not some dream of participatory democracy:
It’s really about data and who owns and controls, or gives the best access to, a class of data. (quoting Tim O’Reilly in Wired interview)
Good comment too to Peter Bradwell’s post saying that research:
should look into how the line is drawn between your rights as a citizen-consumer-producer and the companies rights as an owner-controller-surveiller
Looks like this is going to be an ongoing debate, and the arguments can easily be extended to governments too. I mean, what right does the US government have to my (financial) data, and how can I redress any injustice?
*Have you read the terms of service of your favourite Web2.0 tools? Do you think you’re covered by the Data Protection Act? Hell, I don’t even know who has rights to this piece, though I do think it’s sitting on a server somewhere in the US of A.