I was doing some reading online about Solid and data storage and a question came to mind. Should an app user have to pay to store the data they create with the apps they use? Or, should the app have to pay for the users data storage and security of it?
I would really like to know what others think of this, and would like some feedback on the subject of the future costs of a digital footprint.
The cost of data storage at the moment is pretty cheap but, as all things go, the more demand there is for data storage, the more expensive it will become.
In the future, from your Solid Pod dashboard, you should be able to grant Facebook authorization to read and write data to your solid pod. You grant permission for Facebook to store all the data you create in that session, including but not limited to, your posts, chats, photos, and everything else, to be stored in your solid pod (at the users expense).
If your social media data is important to your livelihood, then you just can’t dispose of that data at the end of your app session, so your forced to either pay to have it stored, or its deleted at the end of your app session. The costs of your digital footprint can add up after awhile.
Every month your data gets larger and larger, and so does the costs involved in storing that data. Some people may end up paying just as much to store their data in a solid pod, or other data store, as a cell phone bill. If you’re a business professional, and you create allot of data to make a living, then you may end up with data storage fees that cost as much as a car payment each month, or a mortgage payment.
If users decouple data from the apps they use, then the individual user bears the responsibility for the security of that data and the costs involved in storing and protecting that data.
So another question is; Will some people just simply be priced out of the world wide web due to a limited income?
Your thoughts, comments and suggestions are welcome!