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<title>FSFE supports recognition for User Data Rights</title>
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<h1>FSFE supports recognition for User Data Rights</h1>
<p>FSFE supports the publication of the <a href="https://userdatamanifesto.org/">User
Data Manifesto 2.0</a>, which aims at defining basic rights for
people to control their own data in the internet age. The
manifesto is published today and also supported by GNOME, KDE,
Netzpolitik.org, ownCloud, Spreed, “Terms of Service - Didn’t
Read” and X-Lab.
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<p>
Today, users are increasingly using online services to perform
their daily computing, whether it is for social networking,
for collaboration, or for sharing pictures, among many other
activities. Thus, users are losing control over their own data
more than ever.
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<p>
According to the User Data Manifesto, people should have:
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<ol>
<li><strong>Control</strong> over user data access,</li>
<li><strong>Knowledge</strong> of how user data is stored,
and which laws or jurisdictions apply.</li>
<li><strong>Freedom</strong> to choose a platform, without
experiencing vendor lock-in. FSFE believes that Free Software
is necessary to guarantee this.</li>
</ol>
<blockquote>
“The recognition of the User Data Rights defined in the
manifesto is an important block to build a free society in the
digital age“ says Hugo Roy, deputy coordinator of FSFE’s Legal
Team and coauthor of the User Data Manifesto.
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<blockquote>
“The freedoms to use, share, study and improve software that
we use in our lives is a necessity not only for programs on
our local machines, but also for the programs that run online
services processing our data” according to Björn Schießle,
deputy coordinator of FSFE’s German Team.
</blockquote>
<p>
The manifesto is a good starting point for an important debate
about users’ rights online. FSFE looks forward to other
organisations joining the effort to promote online services
that respects users’ rights and freedoms.
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<tag key="cloud">“Cloud Computing”</tag>
<tag key="privacy">Privacy</tag>
<tag key="privacy">Terms of Service</tag>
<tag key="dfd">Digital Freedoms</tag>
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