Reclaiming Data: Overcoming App Identification Barriers for Exercising Data Protection Rights

Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Legal and Technical Issues in Cloud and Pervasive Computing (IoT) [CLaw-18], UbiComp/ISWC’18 Adjunct

6 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2018 Last revised: 6 Jun 2019

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Chris Norval

University of Cambridge - Computer Laboratory

Jennifer Cobbe

University of Cambridge - Computer Laboratory

Heleen Janssen

Computer Science and Technology

Jatinder Singh

University of Cambridge -- Dept. Computer Science & Technology (Computer Laboratory)

Date Written: August 20, 2018

Abstract

Data protection regulations generally afford individuals certain rights over their personal data, including the rights to access, rectify, and delete the data held on them. Exercising such rights naturally requires those with data management obligations (service providers) to be able to match an individual with their data. However, many mobile apps collect personal data, without requiring user registration or collecting details of a user’s identity (email address, names, phone number, and so forth). As a result, a user’s ability to exercise their rights will be hindered without means for an individual to link themselves with this ‘nameless’ data. Current approaches often involve those seeking to exercise their legal rights having to give the app’s provider more personal information, or even to register for a service; both of which seem contrary to the spirit of data protection law. This paper explores these concerns, and indicates simple means for facilitating data subject rights through both application and mobile platform (OS) design.

Keywords: Identity Management, Data Protection, Privacy, GDPR, Subject Access Rights, Mobile Applications

Suggested Citation

Norval, Chris and Cobbe, Jennifer and Janssen, Heleen and Singh, Jatinder, Reclaiming Data: Overcoming App Identification Barriers for Exercising Data Protection Rights (August 20, 2018). Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Legal and Technical Issues in Cloud and Pervasive Computing (IoT) [CLaw-18], UbiComp/ISWC’18 Adjunct. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3251400

Chris Norval

University of Cambridge - Computer Laboratory ( email )

15 JJ Thomson Avenue
William Gates Building
Cambridge, CB3 0FD
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Jennifer Cobbe (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Computer Laboratory ( email )

15 JJ Thomson Avenue
William Gates Building
Cambridge, CB3 0FD
United Kingdom

Heleen Janssen

Computer Science and Technology ( email )

15 JJ Thomson Avenue
William Gates Building
Cambridge, CB3 0FD
United Kingdom

Jatinder Singh

University of Cambridge -- Dept. Computer Science & Technology (Computer Laboratory) ( email )

15 JJ Thomson Avenue
William Gates Building
Cambridge, CB3 0FD
United Kingdom

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