Who owns the data?

Google bought Fitbit.

Now they are committed to giving out the data to other competitors. As such, there’s a slugfest going in the bureaucratic sloth of EU.

The jury is still out for the impact of EU’s impact on the “privacy” legislation. They hailed the GDPR as a “landmark” decision, but again, I’d like to reiterate that it only made the lawyers thrilled. Opaque legislation and increasing the compliance costs for audit etc will only balkanise the Internet (or speed up the idea for its cross-border demise), the sacred words of Tim Berners Lee notwithstanding.

If he were to be taken notice of, he wouldn’t have joined Google. Therefore his pronouncements are only to serve the PR machinery that would publish his sanctimonious thoughts to anyone who cares to publish. It’s lofty ideals and “goals” that’s completely different from the stated commercial goals.

Here’s something from Financial Times (and I am including it after a long hiatus) because the Atlanticists are flag bearers of the same “lofty ideals” while having tons of trackers on their own website. It’s ironic, isn’t it? Therefore, it is easier to preach.

Here’s the blurb from them:

The corporate backlash comes as academics and consumer organisations have also expressed concerns over the landmark deal, which was struck last November and has since been beset by concerns over Google’s unprecedented access to Fitbit’s troves of user health data.

The experts warned that the Fitbit deal would lead to Google profiting from health data and would ultimately harm consumers. “Unprecedented concerns arise when one sees that allowing for Fitbit’s data gathering capabilities to be put in Google’s hands creates major risks of ‘platform envelopment’, extension of monopoly power and consumer exploitation,” the paper warned.

I don’t think anyone would want to listen to those self-styled experts. These concerns are dime a dozen peppered everywhere and generally helps to sway public opinion if the newspaper publication is against the technology behemoth. The fact that news is completely commodotised and Financial Times is one of the few last standing profitable enterprises that for some weird reason has a hold on the “decision makers”. Their reporting is generally based on propaganda and pushing through false narratives.