The world of data is evolving; from how it's collected, used, managed, and stored to the user-developer relationship. There's a gap between what consumers think is happening with their data, or what they read in the news when there's a breach or hack, and what measures developers are actually taking to ensure security, transparency, and the responsible use of data.
The tweet wasn’t exactly ratio’d (eight thousand replies to nearly half-a-million likes), but it did prompt many, from everyday users to tech and legal experts, to weigh in on Netflix’s use of anonymized consumer data. Everybody knows Netflix collects data like this – how else do they populate their “Trending” categories – but the casual flaunting of it rubbed some the wrong way, even beyond its mocking tone.
On Thursday 7 December, the Developers Alliance hosted a Tech Policy Dialogue entitled "ePrivacy: Regulatory implications and impact on digital SMEs.". The event brought together industry representatives and policy-makers to discuss the ePrivacy Regulation and its potential consequences on small, innovative European businesses.
Near the end of the survey, we asked developer and publishers for advice they would want to pass to the platforms they work with. What was instructive in their comments was that no one said they wanted a handout. There weren’t complaints about bigger businesses, or the competition for time and resources where they are frequently deprioritized. There weren’t requests for special favors or “fairer” treatment. They believe the system in which they operate is working, not in need of overhaul.
In response to the European Commission’s announcement of the intention to introduce new legislation to govern the relationship between platforms and businesses, the Developers Alliance conducted a survey of European-based developers and publishers to examine the need for such intervention. Over the course of several weeks in October 2017, we surveyed over 110 European-based developers and publishers on their experiences.