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Inventor of World Wide Web Wants Us to Reclaim Our Data from Tech Giants

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Said Berners-Lee, "I think the public has been concerned about privacy — the fact that these platforms have a huge amount of data, and they abuse it."

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World Wide Web inventor and 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Tim Berners-Lee founded the startup Inrupt with John Bruce to help users reclaim their personal data.

The company's Personal Online Data Store (Solid Pod) allows people to store their data in one location and govern its access, rather than have it stored by applications and websites across the Web.

Users can obtain Pods from certain providers, hosted by Web services like Amazon, or operate their own server.

Bruce says this setup protects user data from corporations and governments, while also reducing the chances of hacker theft.

Said Berners-Lee, "I think what [users are] missing sometimes is the lack of empowerment. You need to get back to a situation where you have autonomy, you have control of all your data."

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