Looking at data portability: can it help make our lives easier?

The GDPR gave every data subject in Europe, amongst other things, a right to data portability. This right...doesn't work at the moment. This talk will look at research we’ve undertaken about how this doesn’t work, how it’s arguably being politicised at the moment…and where portability might actually be useful. Would period tracking apps be easier if you could move your activity and sleep data from your fitness tracker in directly? Would you like your Tesco online shopping list to match with your Asda one without having to curate both? What about your exercise training history....or your heart rate? Is it even desirable?

Sarah Turner


Sarah Turner is a PhD Researcher in the School of Computing at the University of Kent. Her research focuses on how families address the cyber security issues arising from using Internet of Things devices in the home. Prior to this, Sarah received an MPA in Digital Technology and Public Policy from UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, where she spent too much time thinking about data portability. A lifelong collector of degrees of all shapes and sizes, Sarah has an MA in Literae Humaniores from the University of Oxford, an LLB from BPP Law School, and an MBA from the Open University. The last two of those were undertaken whilst she worked full-time in the financial services industry, creating and managing teams and technologies to meet regulatory obligations. As a result of her interdisciplinary background and work experience, Sarah is particularly interested in how systems get to a point of needing to be regulated, and what that regulation should look like; why people use technology they don’t always fully understand, how they can hope to use them safely and how such technologies should be designed and created. Sarah lives in south-east London, with her husband and two young children. She spends too much time reading Twitter and not enough time reading books.

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