Do we possess our online data? Or do we just temporarily take care of them?

With our personal data constantly gathered and analysed, it’s the grim reality that the internet knows you better than you know yourself. As technology follows our patterns, in turn, it can predict our behaviour. Some people may say it belongs to everyone, but for myself, the Internet is just a very long line so that my information can be seen through this line.

In short, a significant amount of data sharing serves important public interests and values. The friction and disruption from any system of payments for data would undermine these interests and values. Yet, these costs would come with little benefit for individual privacy.When browsing the internet, you leave behind digital traces that websites can legally use to keep track of your activities and identify you.