• January 30, 2020

WHO OWNS YOUR DATA?

People worry about their data. Who can blame them? With constant data leaks, hacks, and the looming specter of GDPR over Europe, there is a lot of reasons to worry about it. That is why any business relationship that deals with data is ought to be built on trust and understanding, so that there are no ambiguities or sudden movements when it comes to corporate databases. First thing that needs to be transparently clear between the database provider and the client is “who owns the data?”

When you collected the data and stored it in the database the question arises – who owns it? Does it work with database developers like it does with Facebook when they own the data you posted on it?

Not your type

First of all, we must differentiate between public data and private data. One could say that public data is in the open domain and available to everyone. But what makes the data public? Is data you post on Facebook now public because it is available to anyone with a browser or the Facebook app? Well, practice show that no, it is not. It is available only to those you have shared the data with on Facebook. But when you put it up on Facebook, then you no longer exclusively own that data. Facebook owns it, too. And they are ready to sell your public and private data to the highest bidder without prior notice to you – you’ve accepted their long and ambiguous terms and conditions already and they don’t need much else.

Private data is information concerning a person that can be reasonably expected to be secured from public view. Names, emails, phone numbers, birth dates, financial transaction numbers, and anything else that can identify a person is considered private data. That is data you collect when you capture leads, when you deal with customers, and accept payments. That’s the data that needs to be protected at all costs – lately GDPR makes it a sure thing that non-compliance will be strictly punished.
When you collected the data and stored it in the database the question arises – who owns it? Does it work with database developers like it does with Facebook when they own the data you posted on it? Or do you keep it all for yourself and can be sure that it is safe and compliant with all the regulations?

Depends on the software provider.

With Tentacle Solutions your data stays yours. There are no hidden terms of service or obscure legalities that allow Tentacle to hold your data hostage or sell it to third parties (looking at you again, Facebook). The interaction between the database software provider and the client should be like that from the first meeting and throughout the entire relationship. More so, if the client decides to move on and select another provider – Tentacle will make sure that the transition goes through smoothly and that nothing gets lost.

How many “cheaper” providers can guarantee the same outcome? Doubtful if any of them do that.

Choose wisely

If you’ve considered getting a new, bespoke database solution, migrating from the old and rusty Access database, or have had your doubts about the ownership of your data and with your current provider – make sure to drop us a line or two. Tentacle’s team can always come up with advice and solution that would suit you.

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