Public registration is now open for the Respect Network, to coincide with launch events across the world, which started last night in London, and continues today in Canary Wharf The Respect Network seeks to empower users to #TakeBackControl of their data, as CEO Drummond Reed explains:
“Protection of our digital life is the civil rights issue of our time. Being able to choose what happens with our private information on the Internet is something we should all have the right to do – for our sakes, and for the sake of future generations. Now is the time to act.”
The way we use the internet is changing, and we find ourselves using more and more of our personal data as currency when going about our daily online lives. However this is often to the unnecessary detriment of our privacy. The Respect Network seeks to help users retain this privacy by enabling individuals to share private data over peer-to-peer connections between members, also allowing individuals and businesses to share with each other privately, but with ease with which we currently share public data on Facebook and Google.
By registering with the Respect Network, every individual member receives a lifetime “cloud name” that begins with an equals sign, e.g. =your.name. This is a fully portable, private digital address for life, and as a result of the First Million Member Campaign, funding will allow for the development of new applications and service for the network.
“Respect Network takes a fundamentally different approach to ownership and use of information than existing social networks and cloud providers. It puts control back into the hands of individuals and not only gives them the choice of how their information is used, but compensates them for their value. No longer are people unwittingly the product. For £17 GBP / $25 USD consumers can purchase a lifetime membership and receive their own lifetime cloud, safe in the knowledge that their digital rights are back in their control.” [SocialSafe does not make any money from Respect Network purchases]
We at SocialSafe identify incredibly strongly with the Respect Network’s principles of Privacy by Design and encouraging individuals to take back control over their personal data. As a development partner, we are pleased to offer anyone who joins the Respect Network a free 12 month SocialSafe licence.
The future of personal data is a very exciting, yet important time. While the possibilities of what personal data can do for the individual are vast, it is crucial that privacy should not suffer along the way. That is why we are proud to be part of the Respect Network, and are championing the cause for individuals to #TakeBackControl of their data.