Andrew Yang's new privacy plan calls for treating online data as a property right, giving users clearer disclosures and more control over their info.
But a growing body of research suggests this is a flawed model for privacy. I wrote about it last month: https://onezero.medium.com/how-much-is-your-privacy-really-worth-421796dd9220 …
Here is Yang's plan: https://www.yang2020.com/policies/data-property-right/ …
It lays out a number of rights which all sound logical enough at first glance. But study after study shows the context in which consumers make privacy decisions is antithetical to the sort of rational calculus this approach assumes.
Here is a good thread on what's wrong with Yang's approach, and how its seemingly common-sense proposals might end up entrenching a broken system more than fixing it.
This @cnet piece helpfully grounds the critique of Yang's plan in the specifics of our current tech moment—Alexa everywhere, predatory targeted ads, and the use of data for behavioral manipulation. https://www.cnet.com/news/andrew-yangs-privacy-proposal-sounds-great-but-could-be-awful/ …
To sum up: Yang claims his plan would treat data like private property, which would be a radical shift but also a dangerous one.
Yang's actual plan would treat data basically the way CCPA does, which would be neither radical nor dangerous (but also not super-effective).
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