We have a constitution that is over 200 years old. It remains one of the most remarkable documents in the history of Man. We Americans will always be the first union of people to have a Government that is subservient … that serves the people. Today, we need to consider what changes to that document should be made.
The digital age has crept up on most of us and we need to consider the implications of a digital world. We live in an era of exponential changes. For the most part our digital lives feel like a convenient extension of what we have always known but, do not be deceived. Our phones still allow us to make phone calls… but allow our every movement to be tracked. Our cars still provide transportation…but they record everything about our car including where we go. Our TV still provides “entertainment”… but keeps track of everything we watch. Our banking, insurance, healthcare, credit, tax and investment information is recorded in detail. We haven’t changed what we do but the information about what we do has changed. We freely (unknowingly and without options) give more and more information away to our Corporate Oligarchy in exchange for convenience. We are giving away control of our Liberty and our Freedom. We must stop doing this and blaming corporations for the problems we have created.
It is possible that most of the problems that we have with our Government and the corporations we interact with today stem from the misunderstanding that not all data is the same! We need to understand that our information is something We keep and let others look at. We need to control it not let others control it. We shouldn’t just give it away or let it out of our control. Ever! We need a different information management model for the future. This is a BIG change for the better. We know we need to get our privacy back and keep it and the first step needs to be to recognize that not all data is the same!
Information is not just information and data is not just data and that is what We the People are all missing. Information and data comes in all sorts of forms and formats. Some data can be made available to everyone while other forms, such as Personal Data, should not.
The Personal Data Coalition believes We the People need to take back our Personal Data, our Liberty and our Freedom! The information that we create is our personal property and should never be out of our control. It starts the moment we are born and ends sometime after we are no longer here. Our Personal Data is unique to each of us.
Our Personal Data should be kept in a single network connected location accessible at all times but not be out of that persons control. If someone needs to see it, we should know who it is and grant them access. (Which means that we need free and open access to our Personal Data at all times) If the data is accessed by warrant and properly served then our Sovereign Government has that right. We believe and support the rule of law…and we now need a law that gives our Personal Data the status of Personal Property. The Fourth Amendment gives protections to our personal property and it needs to explicitly include our Personal Data.
The Fourth Amendment:
Every subject has a right to be secure from all unreasonable searches, and seizures of his person, his houses, his papers, and all his possessions. All warrants, therefore, are contrary to this right, if the cause or foundation of them be not previously supported by oath or affirmation; and if the order in the warrant to a civil officer, to make search in suspected places, or to arrest one or more suspected persons, or to seize their property, be not accompanied with a special designation of the persons or objects of search, arrest, or seizure: and no warrant ought to be issued but in cases, and with the formalities, prescribed by the laws.
We ask (or DEMAND?) that our Constitutional Watchdogs work to include our Personal Data as our personal property and have Fourth Amendment Rights granted to our Personal Data. We think it is appropriate to update the Constitution to take into account the changes brought on by the advent of computers and digital technologies. Two Hundred Years is a long time.
Make our Personal Data our Personal Property.
All electronic data that a person creates or is created for that person shall be that person’s property. All rights to that data shall remain with the person that created the data and all searches, seizures shall require a proper warrant as prescribed by law.
It is for this reason, that we believe it is important to raise awareness to the imbalance of power in our lives. We believe the first demand should be to give American Citizens back their Personal Property. We Americans should consider a world that is much more efficient, accurate and cost effective using a Personal Data Archive ™ system. Our information must be accessible in a secure manner at all times from any location and under the control of the owner of that information. Our Personal Data has value to us, but only when it is in our control.