An Privacy Bill of Rights



I recently posted a podcast explaining why privacy is important. If you think that it is not... go listen to that podcast. And don't be a clown, seriously. But during that podcast, I talked about the need for a Privacy Bill of Rights - a list of protections for citizens from intrusion from governments and corporations. I have thought a bit about it and here are what I came up with. If you have ideas on things to add or change, let me know.

1) The government should not record or collect data on any citizen without a warrant.

2) All online terms and conditions should be standardized, simplified (one short readable page) and regulated by some sort of consumer advocate group. The whole close your eyes and click thing should not exist.

3) We should own our data and have the right to have it removed or deleted when we wish.

4) Corporations should have a limit to how long they store our data. All data should be destroyed within 10 years.

5) The government should have a limit on how long they can store data as well. Without special and specific warrant, all data collected should also be destroyed within 10 years.

6) Corporations that collect meta data, emails, texts and, etc. should not be allowed to provide this to the government without a warrant obtained by listing specific crimes.

7) Corporations should not be able to sell data unless explicit agreement is given by the consumer (not as part of terms and conditions). 

8) There should be a right to be forgotten. In other words, if your pictures or your name are found on a website more than five years old, you should have the legal right to have it removed and for search engines to no longer display it.

9) Meta data should be deleted after two years. ISP, phone companies, and browsers should not save IPs or other meta data beyond two years.

10) The NSA, CIA and other government agencies utilizing data for domestic and international spy work, should be audited and overseen by a privacy czar - someone nominated specifically to ensure privacy is protected.

 Violations of any of this Bill of Rights should have significant and deterring penalties that escalate with each infraction.

This is a starting point for a Privacy Bill of Rights. This should be passed in the USA immediately and should be a new standard for the global community. 

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