Does Facebook have all the

A report published on in the middle of the night is a good read this morning: 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!)


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