Data Privacy in the Context of AgTech, FinTech and Retail

Mark Justin
11 min readMar 4, 2020

So….What’s data?

What do we really mean when we say we need to protect data? What is data? How do you characterize it?

And is data capable of being owned?

Consumers and businesses need to consider what rights do they have to their data. Are they legal rights? Are they contractual rights? Do we have a legitimate claim? Do we have a contractual claim? And again, does anyone really own the data?

Also, if data in the possession of a business and is subject to some ransomware attacks, and it’s lost, would the business be considered the owner of the data? Would they be liable for the loss? and How?

Data Right in the Context of Copyright

Copyright is one form of Intellectual Property (IP) rights.

There are four forms of IP rights:

  1. Patent rights or invention rights,
  2. Trade secret rights,
  3. Trademark rights, and
  4. Copyrights

Data right doesn’t fit neatly into any of these rights

If we look at Patent and Copyright, Patent works on data or use it to create more data. Copyright



Mark Justin

Interest in FinTech, Deep Tech, Social Psychology, Neuroscience & Neuropsychology, Health and Longivity, and Global Polictics.