Streamlytics Guide to Getting Your Data

  • Angela Benton
  • December 31, 2019

Data ownership and portability is increasingly becoming a hot topic, and rightfully so. Consumers should have the right to do what they want with their data but that’s a hard task to accomplish for everyday people when most of us don’t even have access to our data. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was passed in 2018, obligating companies to provide users with data privacy and data portability. Data privacy ensures that users know which of their personal information is shared and why, and that they consent to that distribution of their information. With data portability, Big Data collecting companies (like Facebook or Google) are legally obligated to allow users to move all personal information the company has collected on them from that particular service to another. The company has to port that information in a usable format that allows for easy transmittal, and the information must be transmitted “without hindrance.” This is usually in some form of a downloadable file. The European Union led the effort world-wide in helping consumers own their data and use it how they like. The United States is not far behind.

While the US doesn’t have a federal data privacy law many states are leading the charge. One such related law, called the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), applies to companies who are either doing business in California or who have users or customers in that state. The law obligates companies to disclose the information they collect on users, make it portable, and even empowers users to ask that their data be deleted. This doesn’t go without notice federally as California is the 5th largest economy in the world. To date there are several federal bills pending with bipartisan agreement that a federal privacy law in the US needs to happen. While consumers are waiting for a federal bill to go into effect they can still take control of their data through the CCPA. It goes into effect January 1, 2020.

Since most companies service consumers in the state of California they must comply with CCPA and many are making platform wide data privacy changes that all users can benefit from. The Streamlytics Team put together a guide for how you can easily get your data from the top Internet and Streaming companies.

Streamlytics is a MID (Mediator of Individual Data) and helps to make sure that you get your data.You can use one of our products, GetMyData.io, to easily request your data from any company and track that company’s compliance in getting you your data. 

About Angela Benton

Angela Benton is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Streamlytics, which uses first-party media consumption data to bring transparency to what people are streaming on today’s most popular streaming services while helping consumers own their data in the process. Prior to her role at Streamlytics she founded the first accelerator for minorities globally in 2011, NewME was acquired in December 2018. To date, Ms. Benton has received numerous accolades, some of which include Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, Fast Company’s Most Influential Women In Technology, Business Insiders’ 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology, Marie Claire’s 50 Women Who Rule, and many more. She’s been featured in numerous national and international media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, Inc, Forbes, Good Morning America, and the Wall Street Journal where she was a featured essayist alongside Mark Zuckerberg for the paper’s 125th Anniversary edition on The Future of Entrepreneurship. At the helm of Streamlytics, Angela continues to uncover untapped spaces in technology and innovation.