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The Data Power Imbalance

Sarah Clarke

In our interview with Sarah, we discuss the data power imbalance between consumers and organisations and how we can control what happens to our personal information.

Sarah is the CEO of Infospectives and Fellow at ForHumanity. You can follow her on Twitter or LinkedIn

Sarah is a privacy governance and risk specialist. She has 20 years of experience in IT, security and data protection. When not supporting clients to refine and mature such things, she speaks and writes about them and works to tailor her Sustainable Risk Triage approach for AI.

In the data protection sphere, people are demanding more consideration for their privacy rights. However, most prominent tech companies are treating customers like products, especially concerning their data. The failings in the relationship between consumer and organisation have brought Sarah to ForHumanity, where she supports the development of effective governance at the edges of innovation and means to integrate AI ethics into change.

How can we protect our data?

One way we can protect our data is by giving the minimum amount of data to websites. Sarah explained that some online forms don’t need all our data, especially our real names and addresses. She explains that where she can, she uses a false name and changes her data of birth.

One of the most significant risks to our data is getting credentials lifted in a breach you cannot control. Putting a multi-factor authentication on our accounts protects our data when websites have security breaches. Sarah even recommend sites such as ‘Have I been Pwned?’, which notifies you if your email address or telephone number is in a data breach.

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