Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Says Individuals Should Control Their Data

NEW YORK — Individuals deserve a clearer understanding of the data that companies are collecting from their digital, connected devices, said Vinton G. Cerf, Internet pioneer and Web evangelist for Alphabet Inc.’s Google.

“It should be required that the users control this information that we accumulate,” he said Wednesday during a cybersecurity lecture at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. “They should have the ability to say no, I don’t want this device because I don’t want to be forced into providing that information.”

“That probably means the fine print needs to be a lot clearer than it is today,” he added.

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