[MyData & Open Data] distinctions between personal and open

Samuel Leach samuel.leach at gmail.com
Wed Jul 3 22:18:13 UTC 2013

Hello all,

I thought I'd try to relay a powerful argument that Reuben Binns made at
the London Open Data meetup last night:


He asked (I paraphrase him) "Is open and private fundamentally in
conflict?" His answer was "no" because privacy concerns often arise when
there is some kind 'information asymmetry' (one party has more information
about the other, than vice versa). So a bit more openness could reduce
worries about privacy concerns. There must be some recognition of this at
some level? - eg the right to the £2 statutory credit report.


On 3 July 2013 16:55, stef <s at ctrlc.hu> wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 03, 2013 at 08:11:36AM +0100, Andy Turner wrote:
> > One might want to readily share medical records for epidemiology
> research, but be less willing to share it with insurers or advertisers even
> though these might offer us personally beneficial things.
> as long as the costs of data leaks is externalised to the victims, it does
> not
> matter if you only release it for "good purposes". not even the US can
> keep a
> secret when 3m contractors have access, not everyone will be a
> rules-abiding
> employee. just imagine an NSA program, that collects medical data from
> epidemiology research. and even for other actors, the value of such data
> allows for heavy pre-investments which cannot be countered by epidemiology
> research institutions. the incentives are badly biased.
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Samuel Leach
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