We are 100% tracked, 100% predicted and 100% sold
to an industry worth over US$150 billion.
Each one of us allows a huge amount of our personal data to be collected and sold by tech companies, corporates and data brokers. Our every action, search and detail is being handled recklessly and exploited for profit.
Free Your Data is an episode based political crowd-campaign. 63 558 citizen have already sign the Free Your Data Petition. Learn more and join the movement.
Massive market ownership is massive power. Every day we message our friends, upload photos, send emails, share our thoughts and feelings. This is our data and digital footprint. That is what powers the tech giants. They are so large that the top 4 tech companies are worth more than all of germany top 30 most succesful german companies.
Digital technology and ‘free’ services have brought convenience, simplicity and accessibility to our lives. While we don’t pay for these service the tech giants make gigantic amounts of money. If we’re not the product they’re selling what is?
Technology has created a new sharing economy. It is a way of living that relies on the openness and transparency of human communication. But when powerful companies ‘extract’ data and exploit it, it is a betrayal of what the sharing economy stands for. Ever wondered why we’re the only ones sharing?
The dominant platforms have become the basis of our communications. We search, message and connect with our friends, families and business partners on them and leave our data trails. That should be more than enough data to work with – but they aren’t satisfied. They want more – everything!
Our digital identities are more than just an image of what we do “in real life” – in a digital age they are us. As the Author Hannes Grassegger says in his manifest for a new digital age: “People are just data in disguise”. And the machinery is in place to capture every bit of our digital identity. To monitor us. To sell us. To control us.
We love the gadgets, tools and platforms that help us live a better life. But have you ever wondered why it feels like we’re in cages every time we want to leave a service for another? So companies build ever fancier walled gardens to keep us in. Forever.
The free your data campaign has been initiated to further the cause on a political and social level. This can’t be done alone so here are our partners, supporters, friends:
Internet & Communications Policy Spokesperson Green Party, Chairman NSA-Committee at the German Parliamenthttp://von-notz.de/https://twitter.com/KonstantinNotz
Internet & Communications Policy Spokesperson SPD, Member of the Bundestaghttp://www.lars-klingbeil.de/https://twitter.com/larsklingbeil
FDP Bavaria, Internet & Communications Specialist, ICANN ALAC Mitgliedhttp://www.jimmy-schulz.com/https://twitter.com/jimmyschulz
Chief Executive Officer re:publica, Founding member of the lobby association “Digital Society”http://www.andreasgebhard.net/https://twitter.com/suffar
Co-founder D64 – Centre for Digital Progress, Author and Columnist at BILDhttp://about.me/lummahttps://twitter.com/nico
Internet and Communications Legal Policy Spokesperson of DIE LINKE Parliamentary Party in the German Federal Parliament
(photo: Jochen Mittenzwey)
Network spokesman for CDU/CSU
(photo: Tobias Koch)
CEO Open-Xchange AGhttps://twitter.com/rafbuff
president of Golden Frog
Founder Protonet GmbH, Internet activist for Digital Sovereigntyhttps://twitter.com/jelveh
You’re an activist, politician, company that stands for personal data rights or privacy? An artist or an author? Join the cause!
Due to an overwhelming interest a separate non-profit organization is currently being founded and will be taking charge of the campaign work.