"This may be the first true large-scale reckoning for the information age, a 21st-century problem screaming for an immediate answer. Woodrow Hartzog, a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern and an affiliate scholar at The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, has a suggestion.
The idea, says Hartzog, should be to carefully rethink and redo the fundamental agreement between social media users and social media platforms like Facebook. The new idea, he says, should include a binding, legal agreement that platforms like Facebook shouldn't — we'll use some internet parlance here — screw you.
"When someone solicits our personal information, which is exactly what social media platforms do," Hartzog says, "then we trust them with our information. And they should be required to keep that trust.""