Inventor of the World Wide Web Asks for Better User Security on the Internet

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has asked security firms to develop a new type of security system that would allow people to share their personal data on the web easily and securely.

Speaking during the European edition of the RSA security conference in London, Berners-Lee said companies need to come with a system for ‘appropriate use’ of data, making people accountable for their personal data and to see how their data is being used online.

He suggested that instead of completely locking down the data, security experts should design a system that allows users to access the information which they are allowed to see.

Berners-Lee also said he wants to see web applications that allow people to see how and why their information is being shared over the web.

"Users should have a way of saying to applications: I want you to behave as if you were unaware of my location," he said.

“A working group is looking at this, but the challenge is going to be getting consensus around how it would work in practise," he added.

He also said that a cloud based system for users, where they could see how their data was used, could be possible, if it was made without any back doors.