20 years ago today, part 5: Why do I need data privacy?

This post is a continuation of a series of reminiscences and predictions on all things
information management, to celebrate 20 years of Metataxis.

Twenty years ago, managed privacy of your data was a vague hope. We were all at the mercy of a mushrooming number of online providers (some well-behaved, many not). A whole generation grew-up with social media where openness was the norm. That generation then realised what we old-timers had been saying: that such openness was not always good. The world noticed these concerns and government bodies took action. And from the EU, GDPR was born.

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