We are data points: identity on the web post-Cambridge Analytica scandal

Summary: Protected by law (*when there is a law) | Many faces of PII | Here be dragons: data outside the PII realm 

There is a silver lining in the Cambridge Analytica + Facebook scandal in that it started a debate about our privacy rights online. Our virtual house was invaded: the government came in and took our identities away. Putting aside the question whether it was us who invited the aggressor*, today we will examine the core of the scandal: the idea of identity on the web. What is it exactly that bugs us about this case? What is it that we are standing for by deleting Facebook? To channel our outrage, let’s review what constitutes personal data in the light of law, what slipped regulation, and if our online footprint should have us worried.

* Watch this Level1 podcast to know the answer

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