What is “data portability” and why should you care?

Data portability is the capability to control, share, and move data from one system to another, says Wikipedia. Michael Pick of Smashcut Media has made a very short video explaining it more clearly.

DataPortability – Connect, Control, Share, Remix from Smashcut Media on Vimeo.

Data portability will become more important as more are more of our lives are conducted online. And the issues need to be thrashed out it advance — especially when people like Facebook reckon that even if you delete your account they get to keep your information forever. The Data Portability Workgroup is discussing it as the IT industry level, but where are are politicians and non-government organisations on this?

Thanks to Peter Black’s Freedom to Differ for the pointer.