- Whereas self-sovereignty is the concept of property in one's own person, expressed as the moral or natural right of a person to have bodily integrity and be the exclusive controller of one's own body and life, and;
- … identity is comprised of data that only has meaning within the context it is being used:
- … therefore self-sovereign identity must be a fundamental right, with the proviso that there can never be a universally applicable form of identity.
- Or, plainly, you are free to identify as an “Apache kitten helicopter,” which may be more than sufficient an identity for a Twitter account, but may be woefully inadequate for a US bank account.
- The rights of data stem from the fact that data is property. Data has typically been a special class of property under the law up to now because enforcing a “move, not a copy” was impossible. With blockchain, this granularity of bit-movement can be enforced. People should have the right to own their personal data how they want, where they want.
- Privacy is a fundamental human right. Specifically, the level of privacy you enjoy is your right to determine.
- Freedom from unwanted data surveillance is a human right. Ownership of personal data is unalienable. The motivations of the GDPR are pure. We should be allowed to indicate our preference for data surveillance and the terms under which we will allow it.
- Establishing some form of identity is essential to establishing boundaries on privacy