Privacy experts: Focus on controlling damage cause by data collection

It looks like GDPR is the gift that keeps on giving around the world:

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“We probably are unable to stop the amount of collection in an effective manner,” said Kurt Opsahl, deputy executive director and general counsel at the EFF. “The answer is to use tools so that creates less harm.”

One of these tools could be regulation that gives consumers more rights over their data, like the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The law counters the trend of companies collecting whatever data they want on you and storing it indefinitely, because it puts them at risk of financial penalties if hackers steal the data or if it’s misused, said Jon Callas, senior technology fellow at the ACLU.

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