One way to police against bad privacy practice is to make data portable. It might also be the fair and, Jonathan Zittrain would say, “generative” practice. What are people experiencing with respect to portability? When you use a service that helps you quantify, say, how well you drive, does the service permit you to take the data you generate somewhere else?
Hi Ryan, thanks you for this thread. I’ve written about data-portability on the QS main-blog before: http://quantifiedself.com/2011/02/data-portability/. Data-portability and ease of use of a service are the main criteria for selecting a self-tracking service.
Data-portable? Well, mine are logged into a giant spreadsheet saved as standard CSV file. It’s backed up to a git repository.
Any service that want my business needs to be able to generate data in CSV format, or at least in JSON.