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Should It Be Illegal for Facebook to Sell Your Data?

by Josef Lorenzo
June 28, 2018 | Our Future

If we made “America From Scratch” today, would it be illegal for Facebook to sell your data?

Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. Freedom of…private data? The United States Bill of Rights protects a great many freedoms but when it was drafted, our Founders had little idea that our possessions could one day be intangible. And while the Fourth Amendment protects against the government snooping through the skeletons in our personal data closets, it doesn’t do anything to block the prying eyes of private parties like Facebook and Google.

As the EU adopts the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, it’s time for us to ask what protections should be in place in the United States. Toussaint Morrison talks with Bruce Schneier, a Security Technologist and Fellow at Harvard Law School, and gets a little historical help from Danielle Bainbridge of the PBS Digital Studios series “Origin of Everything.”

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Josef Lorenzo
Josef Lorenzo is the Webby award-winning producer/director of the music series Sound Field and civics show America From Scratch.
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