In recent years, technology companies have a large number of information about people. If they fall into the wrong hands, they can give them a big risk. In response to this risk, Europe has implemented the General Data Protection (GDPR) Regulations, and # 39; giving more rights to "users" rights. Depending on rules, any company should provide customers with personal data collected and hosted by them.In addition, these companies should provide data in a manner that is easy for readers to read in a timely manner and provide enough information to help them to. understand how the company will be able to; collect and use this information.
The original aim of the GDPR is when users understand what their data are at. company, can be used to make informed decisions, such as deciding whether to want to give this data and to & # 39; collection of unauthorized data. Let these companies pay the price.
The problem, however, is that the companies are often spoiled to give this data. After all, if their services are essentially "emergency license" (recently issued a 50,000 euro fine), they may not want to make it easy for users to see how many personal data they have they collect. Reporter Tech Jon Porter concluded the "access rights" offered by the four largest technology companies operating in the European Union: Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google. His conclusions show that although raw data users find it difficult to understand, and it is difficult to make informed conclusions based on that data.
In accordance with the ICO rules of the United Kingdom data protection regulator, companies must provide all personal data, eg known or identifiable data related to individuals, when requested by the user. Individuals in an "commonly used electronic" format must be provided in a "precise, clear, easy-to-understand and accessible" format, which uses a clear and clear language ". This is simple, but how are the giants of Big Four technology doing?
Initially, Porter will easily expand its data. Both Google and Apple data detection services allow you to select that data for download. Facebook is not available, but these three companies are easy to access personal information on their websites. At the same time, getting data on Amazon is very bad and needs to be restricted on the "Contact Us" page of the site to find hidden options at the end of the list. Potter stayed 30 days before he got the link to download the data.
However, when Potter looked at the data he received, things began to grow unhappy. Some of the files have duplicate leaflets, and other resource storage is a header. In fact, you do not find out what Potter's data is about; look forward so simplely & nbsp; you could think.
Google site search data is particularly difficult to understand. A company has been criticized several times for a & # 39; Finding Android users, even though they turned their main feature to find a place in the operating system. Consumer groups in seven European countries have submitted complaints with their own data security, and copyright usage GDPR; Provide personal data, and this should be a way of finding out whether these services use specific ways to collect more data. It should be a way of introducing companies such as Google to be responsible.
But when you look at the data, it's hard to see and understand. Porter has all data from Google in the JSON 61MB file, and when opened by Chrome, it displays a range of fields that are on the "timestimpms" lab, "lattudeE7", " logitudeE7 "and Assessment of which it is seated in a position or position in a specific way of behavior.
Porter said there is no doubt that this is the related information related to Google to his account, but without context, the data does not mean. It needs to work hard to understand those numbers and to incorporate them into other software for a proper marriage. GDPR's purpose is to give greater control and understanding of the data collected by the company, and then this part of the data downloaded by Google is not necessarily useful. If you want to submit data to another system, JSON is good. But if you want to evaluate what Google data and make informed data privacy decisions, it is not useful.
When it comes to other files, Porter does not even know what data it was looking for. A 4GB HTML file called "My Activity" in an ADS folder can show many content related to Google's search engine management data, but there are no comments or meta data to explain.
So far, these files are the most remote and most important of downloadable. There is a lot of personal information that advertisers need, and Google should work harder to explain the meaning of the information. The company has supplied HTML files to summarize the user's data, so why does not it contain information about the contents of each file?
Despite the problems, Apple's performance is in a better distribution of Google data. Most of the information Apple has a & # 39; Easy read and understand provision, such as CSV, TXT, and JPG, with just JSON files. However, when you install these files, there is still a lot of information that is difficult to understand.
For example, there are 11 files in the file called "Apple ID Account Information" to be close to the same in the Porter Apple account, and all of them were created on the same day in 2014, but Apple did not explain what they are? CSV "Apps and Service Inspection Services" appears to have a full schedule of each time with "Apps and Analytics Service" every Porter's time to Find in the App Store, but it has too many empty cells, just when you see a 6.7MB file. There are data.
Although it's really great to hear the Alexa requests, Amazon has done a lot of job to do it; Data show, but it may be due to the fact that individuals do not have much support. In most cases, the files and packages Amazon has a clear label; Given, although some work still has a & # 39; company to better identify their page content.
It is a shame that Facebook is most understandable in the four services. Initially, all files supplied by Facebook are HTML files, and each document is set out in a folder clearly, which provides a broad overview of the user of the each document exists. The files have a clear format and format, and browse them as a browser browsing on a Facebook page, although one of the pages is completely stored on the user's computer.
There are long Facebook clusters that show users where they can get the full information
It's very awesome to see what of the personal data of users is stored on Facebook, but at least you know what; in the information, not to verify the content of each file.
At the end of the test, Porter discovered about 138 GB of data in the four services he sent. Among them, 1.1GB comes from Facebook, 392MB and # 39; comes from Amazon, and Apple will reach 254MB. Although Google has 72.5GB of data for downloading Potter, most of which are a backup of Google Drive and Google Photos, which are 44.3 GB and 25.7 GB, respectively. Porter's remaining Google data has only 2.5GB.
After trying to negotiate and understand everything, it is clear if these companies want to control their data, they still have a long way to rule their GDPR rules. One thing is to download data capability, but to make it useful, it's a? means working harder to make sure that downloaded material is easier for people to understand. At least, this is a # 39; means that these companies should provide a better index to inform users of what data is included in which the file is available, but also means that They can organize the content of these files in their own way.