Data privacy, consumer rights, and governance in the wake of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

Whistleblower Brittany Kaiser and information privacy legal expert Cameron Russell join MouthMedia Network CEO Rob Sanchez for a wide-ranging discussion on data privacy…

Brittany KaiserBrittany Kaiser (international law, diplomacy and data-driven campaigning professional and Co-Founder of the Digital Asset Trade Association (DATA), as well as former Business Development Director for Cambridge Analytica) and Cameron Russell (Executive Director, Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP), and Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Information Privacy law at Fordham University) join MouthMedia Network CEO Rob Sanchez in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. With an introduction by host Vikrum Aiyer.

In this episode:

  • Kaiser discusses working in data and politics, her prior work with Cambridge Analytica, why she left there, being a whistleblower because of the way the data industry worked in a parasitic way, her goal to be contributing on how to change things, and the social and legal contracts with companies who collect data
  • A review of what happened with Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, and how the revelations about them made Kaiser reflect on everything that happened
  • The lack of due diligence, thinking about ethics, laws, whether they are sufficient to protect individuals
  • Is personal data “property”, and the control we should have over it
  • Paying the price for the way we’ve been sharing info, the boundaries of privacy and identityBrittany Kaiser
  • How tracking and keep up where one’s personal info is going to, and monetization and the cost transparency of goods
  • Is data a public utility or commodity, should data be regulated the same way?
  • Why Kaiser is against the “Delete Facebook” campaign.
  • The potential solution offered by blockchain, trackable, traceable, and an encrypted digital identity that would require consent for every usage
  • Are lawmakers from the wrong generation to have meaningful discourse around these issues, and how do we build a system that works?
  • Do tech giants want to reform on their own?
  • Issues with using proprietary algorithms (entrenching existing bias) in proceedings while allowing due process
  • When talking about use of data on government side vs. private company, is utilizing citizens’ data a form of taxation by the government?
  • The government needs to maintain law and order, but needs transparency – yet some things need to be covert
  • Most US residents don’t realize there is data to be opting out of, but in Europe it is by default opt out
  • The issue with “data brokers”
  • Protection for children regarding data, and whether that should be extended to adults, as also in COPPA
  • The hope that privacy is not dead, and Kaiser’s appeal to Mark Zuckerberg to offer transparency of data on Facebook
  • Are we at privacy-risk with new technology, and is privacy perhaps something we can only protect for our children?

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