December 10, 2018 – PRINCETON, N.J. – Hu-manity.co, the company behind the 31st Human Right and the #My31 movement, empowering people to own their data as property, announces a Data-Focused Magna Carta for corporations around the world to use as a guide for responsible data practices and digital ethics.
Just as the original Magna Carta restricted the authority of the King and empowered people with new protections, the Data-Focused Magna Carta is meant to help guide corporations to use people’s personal data with choice and continuous consent in mind.
“On this 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we face the world’s first digital humanitarian crisis. And, the ownership of personal data is not simply a privacy issue,” says Rita Gunther McGrath, Professor at Columbia Business School and Hu-manity.co Advisory Board member. “The unobstructed use by companies of people’s personal data for profit is no different than the imbalance of power the original Magna Carta sought to eradicate.”
Among other things, the Data-Focused Magna Carta supports the 31st Human Right:
“Everyone has the right to legal ownership of their inherent human data as property.”
The 31st Human Right would be the first decentralized human right, and an addition to the existing 30 rights adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948 and bestowed to every human at birth.
“The Data-Focused Magna Carta goes beyond clarifying notions of data ethics and who owns the data,” says Dr. David Bray, President of Hu-manity.org. “We spent significant time thinking through and researching the simplest language that empowers individuals, discourages any form of exploitation, and provides a clear path for corporations to be on the correct side of history when it comes to being good data stewards. The eight principles are meant to ensure that the concept of data as property helps and uplifts people around the world.”
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Data-Focused Magna Carta
We wish to speak directly to all organizations both public and private.
To ensure they agree with the statements expressed in this Data-Focused Magna Carta.
Given everyone has the right to legally own their inherent human data as property and we need organizations to be good data stewards.
We seek to obtain the certainty that our personal data is respected and not used without our choice, consent and authorization. Everyone has the right based upon the following promises:
(1) Data of an individual will only be used if that person gives explicit permission for the intended purpose.
(2) We embrace a fair trade data model whereby all individuals are free from any exploitation of their data.
(3) Individuals should not have to give up their data to use a service or product.
(4) Personal control of our data should be easy. No long pages of legalese.
(5) If we share our data, we should be able to customize and revise the terms.
(6) If value is created from our data, we deserve to be given fair compensation for that value.
(7) Everyone should have the opportunity to participate in these efforts regardless of geography, age, gender, political affiliation, or other demographics.
(8) All individuals should be empowered by their personal data and have the freedoms to share parts or all of it.
We wish that all people in the world shall have these liberties, rights, and concessions.
Richie Etwaru, Founder and CEO of Hu-manity.co, will discuss the Data-Focused Magna Carta live during “Our People-Centered Digital Future” where he will share the stage with internet and technology pioneers like Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf and Wendy Hall.
Portions of this event can be viewed in a live stream beginning at 8:30am PST on Monday, December 10, 2018 by clicking here.
Hu-manity.co is the world’s first and only organization developing human rights and corollary sovereign laws in a decentralized manner on blockchains. The company has headquarters in New Jersey, USA and operates in multiple countries. The leadership team includes over two dozen senior executives from Fortune 500 companies, academic scholars, and senior policy advisors from North America, Europe, Australia and Africa. The vision of Hu-manity.co is a world where the next generation of human rights and policies emerge from a balance of centralized power and decentralized technologically empowered communities. The mission is to create the 31st Human Right in a decentralized manner as an example for other organizations and visionaries to follow.
For more information please visit https://hu-manity.co.