Managing privacy on your smartphone is very important, but at the same time complicated. Here’s how to do it
Every time we install an app on our mobile phone we give up a piece, and sometimes quite big, of our privacy. But who do we give it to? Where does our personal data actually end up? Who is responsible for their safekeeping and correct use?
Answering these questions is not easy at all, not even for experts because behind the simple and daily gesture of installing and using a smartphone app there is a very complex data management. Which is not always the same, because not all apps collect the same data. There are apps that simply record our interests and then give us targeted advertising or offer products similar to our tastes (for example, the app of various e-commerce). There are apps that know exactly where we were a year ago and how long we have been there (for example Google Maps). What does the law say about all this?
App, privacy and GDPR
For some years now we can no longer speak of privacy without even saying an acronym: GDPR, that is General Data Protection Regulation, the new European regulation on the processing of personal data. The GDPR provides for the figure of the data controller, i.e. the person physically and legally responsible for the correct storage and correct use of our data. If someone steals our personal information and uses it in a way that is not in accordance with the law, then this person is in trouble.
When we use an app, however, things get complicated: each application is created by a developer, who often writes it on behalf of another company, and when we use it, the data also passes from the Internet through our subscription to home or mobile phone. Who is the data controller at each stage of this process? To tell the truth, there is still no answer: the GDPR has been in force since mid-2018, but its application is still very smoky. Many national privacy authorities have already spoken out, but not all opinions go in the same direction.
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