Frank Karlitschek started the idea for a data manifesto in 2012, and he’s been working on the document in concert with his open-source ownCloud platform since.
The User Data Manifesto 2.0, which Karlitschek debuted this weekend at the ownCloud Contributor Conference, codifies the “basic rights” for every user on the Internet. Those rights include “control over user data access, knowledge of how data is stored, and freedom to choose a platform.”
“Data explicitly and willingly uploaded by a user should be under the ultimate control of the user,” reads the section on control. “Users should be able to decide whom to grant direct access to their data and with which permissions and licenses such access should be granted.”