“Control alt or delete”: consumer attitudes to data collection and use

“Control alt or delete”: consumer attitudes to data collection and use

Data-dependent technology has become fully integrated in society and is transforming people’s lives. Companies have never known so much about consumers, collecting data from online searches, purchase histories from credit cards, inferred data from social media interactions - the sources are numerous. Discussion of these changes usually leads to a debate on privacy.

In this Comment piece for The Observatory, Caroline Normand, Director of Policy at Which?, looks at how Which? wanted to take a step back from this narrow focus and ask a broader question: how do consumers feel about data collection and its use by organisations in general?

Skills for the future are the greatest challenge we face

Skills for the future are the greatest challenge we face

From the rate of automation to the future of the office, the future world of work will look and feel very different to today – exactly how, we simply cannot know. In this Comment piece for the Observatory, Vinous Ali, the Head of Policy – Skills, Innovation and Digital Strategy, at techUK reflects on the challenges ahead for all educators and employers.

Consumers sharing their financial data: the emergence of a non-informed consent culture?

 	Consumers sharing their financial data: the emergence of a non-informed consent culture?

In the final comment piece for the Obserrvatory's Data Fortnight, Sue Lewis, Chair of the Financial Service Consumer Panel, presents the findings of their recent research on how consumers consent to sharing financial data with a third party. She also provides recommendations for government and businesses to avoid consumer harm.

We’re all data subjects – so what can we expect under GDPR?

We’re all data subjects – so what can we expect under GDPR?

The requirements for businesses under GDPR have been set out for two years. So why the last-minute panic? In this comment piece, Corsham Institute’s Director of Policy and Advocacy, Maeve Walsh, looks at the preparations that businesses should by now have completed to comply with GDPR and the incentives for getting it right – for all of us.

GDPR: what does it mean for innovation in health and care?

GDPR: what does it mean for innovation in health and care?

Anatomy Health and Health XL spoke to experts across data, IT, security and life sciences to understand the potential impact of GDPR on innovation on providers in the health and care sector. Ahead of the publication of their findings, Shai Blackwell, Managing Director of Anatomy Health, discusses why GDPR is an opportunity for the healthcare industry to put patient rights front and centre.

GDPR and the national opt-out: a new opportunity for patient data

GDPR and the national opt-out: a new opportunity for patient data

With the imminent introduction of the GDPR, organisations using personal data will need to be much clearer and demonstrate better accountability over how and why they use data, and how they protect it. This is particularly important in healthcare, which is underpinned by the relationship of trust and confidentiality between clinicians and patients. At the same time, it is increasingly recognised that better linking and access to patient data could lead to enormous benefits for patients and for the health service. In this blog, Natalie Banner explores some of the core relevant principles of GDPR and what kinds of questions need to be answered to improve transparency over the use of health data.

The missing link in personal data

The missing link in personal data

In this Comment piece, as part of the Observatory's Data Fortnight, Alan Mitchell, the Chairman of Mydex, argues that despite scandals like Cambridge Analytica, the biggest problem - and opportunity - in today’s personal data landscape doesn’t lie in things that are happening but shouldn’t. It lies in things that aren’t happening but should: like individuals being empowered with their own data.

AI, ethics and data: a watershed moment for UK tech

AI, ethics and data: a watershed moment for UK tech

Recent events have led to much debate about the ethical impact of the use of data-driven technology in democratic societies. Sue Daley of techUK argues that the tech sector must not shy away from the complex ethical debate around data usage, otherwise we put at risk the innovation we need to support a thriving society and economy across the UK.

Supporting a safer relationship with the Internet

Supporting a safer relationship with the Internet

Safer Internet Day 2018, the annual global movement to promote the safe use of technology to children and young people, takes place on Tuesday 6 February. In the run up to this year’s event, Corsham Institute (Ci) has been working with schools in the local community in Wiltshire and in this piece, Ci’s CEO Rachel Neaman reflects on some of the findings from this work and what it tells us about the need for new approaches to digital resilience.

Digital democracy and online voting

Digital democracy and online voting

There are a plethora of digital democracy initiatives exploding onto the scene in Britain, all aiming to harness technology to bring the population and the policymaking process closer together. Areeq Chowdhury, Chief Executive of WebRoots Democracy, explains why they will all fail unless we solve the political, technological, and psychological challenges of online voting.