Democracies globally are under huge attack, and governments must work together to counter the threat that social media and the collection and sale of personal data poses on our freedom of choice, said Dr Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute who studies the impact of technology on democracy.
It is not enough to give people personal control over their data as the new European Data Protection Regulation has set out to do. What needs to be done, and urgently, said Shwartz Altshuler, a former research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, is to set out standardized and global legislation that clearly states what is forbidden to be collected.
Biometric data, some of the healthcare data, and emotional and well-being data should all be out of bounds, she said.
As the world becomes more digitized and the use of internet, social media and online transactions mount, websites are increasingly using information about users online activity what they buy, what they eat and where they travel.