Companies like Facebook and Google — which have come under intense criticism for their handling of personal information — need to enter into a new social contract with their users or risk having one imposed by governments, says Toronto lawyer and mediator Howard Winkler.
“It’s time for a change in the social contract that Google and Facebook have with their users. It shouldn’t necessarily have to be the subject of legislation,” says Winkler, principal and founder of Winkler Dispute Resolution.
“I think that Google, Facebook and others should recognize that there are limits users want to put on the use and sale of their data. They should contemplate what those limits are, and give people an opportunity to opt out of certain uses of their data,” he tells AdvocateDaily.com.
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