A momentous breakthrough
This week the UK’s main political parties published their manifestos for the current general election.
The Tories, who are currently tipped to win, have included this sentence in their manifesto:
“Wherever possible we believe that personal data should be controlled by individual citizens themselves”.
The ruling Labour Party has included this promise in their manifesto:
“We will explore how to give citizens direct access to the data held on them by public agencies, so that people can use and control their own personal data in their interaction with service providers and the wider community.”
Of course we all know about politicians and election promises, but policy-wise this is a momentous breakthrough. It shows that in some pivotally important circles, the arguments for the old organisation-centric ways of dealing with personal/customer data have been lost and that a new, much more person-centric approach has been recognised as the way forward.
There are many ways this could go horribly wrong and we will have to work hard to make sure they don’t. But either way, this a momentous breakthrough – a decisive departure from the direction we have been travelling for the past 40-50 years.
It’s evidence that the person-centric paradigm is truly taking hold.