user data manifesto
defining basic rights for people to control their own data in the internet age
1. Own the data
The data that someone directly or indirectly creates belongs to the person who created it.
2. Know where the data is stored
Everybody should be able to know: where their personal data is physically stored, how long, on which server, in what country, and what laws apply.
3. Choose the storage location
Everybody should always be able to migrate their personal data to a different provider, server or their own machine at any time without being locked in to a specific vendor.
4. Control access
Everybody should be able to know, choose and control who has access to their own data to see or modify it.
5. Choose the conditions
If someone chooses to share their own data, then the owner of the data selects the sharing license and conditions.
6. Invulnerability of data
Everybody should be able to protect their own data against surveillance and to federate their own data for backups to prevent data loss or for any other reason.
7. Use it optimally
Everybody should be able to access and use their own data at all times with any device they choose and in the most convenient and easiest way for them.
8. Server software transparency
Server software should be free and open source software so that the source code of the software can be inspected to confirm that it works as specified.