A business-dominated session at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (2-5 March) covered the issue of user-centred privacy.
Since the introduction of the smartphone, many things have changed… But laws have not kept up with these changes. Can the law possibly to meaningful consumer experiences? The session on privacy was moderated by Pat Walshe, director of privacy, government, and regulatory affairs for the GSMA. The speakers included Eduardo Ustaran, partner at Hogan Lovells International LLP, Brian Hernacki, the chief architect of the New Devices Group at Intel, Denelle Dixon-Thayer, SVP, Business and Legal Affairs at Mozilla, Dr. Claus Ulmer, group privacy officer at Deutsche Telekom, and Mikko Hyppönen, chief research officer at F-Secure.
There are currently 7.1 billion SIMs, estimated to increase to 9 billion by 2020. In addition, Internet access is increasing, especially in developing countries, and particularly from mobile phones. The ubiquity of mobile devices, the Internet, apps, and services, is expanding users’ digital footprints on a massive scale. Today, data about devices and their users is generated and broadcast in real-time, often by default, and without the user being aware of, or having choice over its dissemination. What should be the approach to offering users transparency, choice and control over their data and privacy? How can devices, OSs, apps, and services be designed in ways that provide pragmatic user-driven privacy choices and controls? What frameworks exist and are emerging, to ensure data protection and privacy in a connected world?
There was a lot of talk about value-sharing and trust, from the business leaders on the panel. However, where is the wider, and much more complex, context of Internet governance? So far the business perspective is dominating at the Mobile World Congress.
Diplo's Vladimir Radunovic and Tereza Horejsova are participating in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on 2-5 March. Follow this space for more updates from the Mobile World Congress.