Data Protection and Data Sovereignty

AI-based assistance systems in many cases require various data on the person with whom they interact in order to personalize their applications and services as needed. This data is collected via various data points, such as sensors, cameras, and microphones. The data can then be stored and analyzed by various algorithms. But it is at this point that many questions arise:

  • What data is collected?
  • Where and how is this data stored?
  • Who can access the data?
  • How and for what purpose is the data analyzed?
  • How can I ensure that my data is not misused?
  • How can users determine what happens to their data?

Against this background, the topic of data sovereignty and data protection plays a special role in the research project. In the project, we understand the term data sovereignty to mean the greatest possible control and self-determination over (one's own) data. Currently, these topics are visible in broad public discourses, especially in connection with technologies based on artificial intelligence processes. On the one hand, the European Data Ethics Commission is dealing with the topic, and on the other hand, the topic of "AI and data protection" was on the agenda of the Enquete Commission on Artificial Intelligence in the German Bundestag at the beginning of 2020.