Lothar Determann, partner at Baker McKenzie, has published new research that looks into the landscape of the internet of things, the data generated as a result of IoT, and the question of data ownership. No One Owns Data is broken into seven parts, concluding that no one owns data and no one should own data. In it, Determann writes, “New property rights in data are not suited to promote better privacy or more innovation or technological advances, but would more likely suffocate free speech, information freedom, science and technological progress. The rationales for propertizing data are thus not compelling and are outweighed by the rationales for keeping the data 'open.' No new property rights need to be created for data.” Editor's Note: Lothar Determann recently authored “California Privacy Law, Third Edition.”
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