A report published on FT.com in the middle of the night is a good read this morning: http://tinyurl.com/ncaabf
Power.com are suing Facebook in a tit for tat piece of litigation, alleging that Facebook is anticompetitive because users cannot freely move their data around and – more importantly – that “they are blocking companies that are trying to innovate around their service”.
It’s an interesting one this, and we’ve seen a load of Facebook related rows before (inability to delete accounts, does Facebook own my photos, etc).
But there is a much wider digital citizen issue at play – these sort of questions are not just about Facebook. What rights do I have over my digital life? Not as many as you would like, is the answer.
Will we one day see legislative universal access/portability obligations like we have for utilities? (And of course, utility is how Facebook does think of itself!)