“What to do after the social dilemma?” - 3 key actions

If you were as impressed by “the Social Dilemma” as we were, you’re still thinking about it… Here’s some tricks to go gain back control over your data privacy.

The social dilemma Netflix documentary with Tristan Harris, directed by Jeff Orlowski explains how social media uses a lot of user data and how it shapes world events.

The documentary shed light on how and why companies are collecting your data, and the consequences thereof. Although many companies started from valuable ideas it seems clear that things are getting out of hand. After watching the documentary (if you haven't seen it yet, watch the trailer below) you may feel a sense of powerlessness. Luckily there are ways to take more control over your data.

We believe that the best way to take control of your online privacy is to Collect, Understand and Manage your personal data. Collecting your data puts the control back in your hands and gives you ownership. By gaining an understanding of what companies collect, you educate yourself on what is being collected and how it is used. Lastly, you should take matters into your own hands by managing the information they can collect.

Collect your data from companies

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) empowers us to ask companies to give us our data back. Some websites have an automatic way of downloading the data, others you may need to send an email to.

Usually this is quite a long process. The legal time to get back to you is no longer than one calendar month but the websites who have this automated can take minutes or hours depending on the file size.

Here some tutorials on how to download data from the largest data collectors:

Many smaller companies don't offer a similar export service. If you can't easily find one it's best to email them asking for an export of the data they have on you.

Understand what the data means

Unfortunately this will require some technical knowledge. Companies present your data in a machine readable way, which is hard to understand for most.

Sign up for the Rita Alpha version to get an overview of which data companies have collected and how it’s being used.

Manage your privacy settings

After gaining a complete understanding of which data is being collected from you and know why they are doing this, you should change privacy settings to stop websites processing what you don’t want them to.

Before you start the long process where you frequently end up with a headache and get nothing done, here are some shortcuts:

If you need advice on what to change and how it will impact you, contact us.

We hope this has given you a better understanding of what you can do to take back control of your data. We are here to make you feel comfortable in your online activities, Sign up up to our Alpha version to find out how we do this.

Rita strongly believes in a democratised data economy, where any internet user can access their data without effort. We aim to empower any user, by providing a secure way of understanding and managing personal data.