Podcast: Meeco discusses the importance of being digitally aware

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By Elisabeth Kindig

In episode 6 of Tech Lightning Rounds, Beth Kindig interviews privacy experts to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enacted by the European Union on May 25th, 2018. Interviews are held in “lightning round” format, which are rapid interviews with tech experts for immediate depth on each topic.

Increasingly, our physical lives are shadowed by our digital actions. Meeco is a company that seeks to give individuals more access rights to manage their data. In this interview, Beth Kindig speaks with Katryna Dow, who has been pioneering data rights since 2002, when she envisioned a time when personal sovereignty, identity and contextual privacy would be as important as being connected. Her company, Meeco, allows individuals to be directly part of the value chain through the “API-of-me.”

As Dow points out, the bulk of the challenge is how to get people to become digitally aware. The consequences that Dow points out center around genetic data and social data, although all data needs to be monitored more closely as the long-term harm to future generations of having personal data that is open and shared is not fully known. Will medical facilities begin to turn people away due to their genetic data? Will employers or insurance companies begin to mine data to identify better employees and insured customers? These can all have long-term consequences that society has not yet considered.

Mobile created a new level of data collection, especially around the design of the user experience. The GDPR has introduced privacy by design, but as Dow points out, we are in the early days.

Hear more from the CEO of Meeco, Katryna Dow, who is disrupting the data collection paradigm as we know it today.

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