Who controls our data? Cyber threats and tracing apps add to data sovereignty concern

Differences in US privacy legislation present a challenge for the rest of the world, UNSW Law’s David Vaile told a forum on global data protection.

The tracking apps introduced by governments worldwide to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, and the ownership of the data they generate in particular, is triggering fresh conversations among privacy advocates around the sovereignty of data.

Data sovereignty, which relates to who has ownership and control over private information collected through digital means, is a complex issue that is causing significant challenges for businesses in terms of where and how they store their data.

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