Does your inbox look anything like this these days: “The protection of your data is important for us”; “Updates to our terms of services”; “Important update of our privacy policy”? Why are tech giants, retailers, banks, mobile phone operators and others suddenly so interested in improving the privacy of my personal data?

I did a little survey among relatives and friends to test their theories. My son told me it was a consequence of the recent Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Some friends had no clue at all. As I myself was unsure if the messages required any action, I also…

Johannes Jütting

Johannes Jütting is Manager of the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21).

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