Lately we hear about social scoring and social rating, a reality that is also being tested for Europe.
The covid emergency has opened a new IT vision of the world, especially for Europe which still in many countries provided for paper bureaucracies and lengthy document procedures.
Thanks to the Spid tool (for Italy) and the computerization of green passes and sensitive data, the new management procedure has in some cases brought great advantages but has also aroused many concerns related to privacy and mass control.
Control that in any case acts only on citizens who are already inserted in a bureaucratic and social fabric while it has totally ignored the so-called social ghosts, people on the edge of society who do not appear in institutional databases.
A new level of concern has aroused the new social scoring policy which, thanks to this new IT system that contains citizens' data, would like to determine a sort of citizenship in points, rewarding the most virtuous citizens and penalizing those less compliant with duties.
Given that a company with such structures frightens and raises many alarm bells, determining profiling mechanisms with legal consequences that affect the citizens' freedom rights, however penalizing only those, as we have seen included in this logic, social scoring is still under evaluation.
In fact, at the moment some pilot versions are being tested where the citizen will be rewarded, with a sort of social wallet, based on his adherence to the rules even if the Privacy Guarantor has emphasized that such projects must always be preceded by impact assessments. and organized in compliance with the principles of the GDPR.
In a society where the "like" model introduced by Facebook dominates every social externalization, every product, every adv, the good or bad rating takes on more and more importance in the everyday life of the citizen and the b-side of the coin is that the passage to be judged to be judged is labile.
Upstream of this, it must be said that the European GDPR discipline is a good starting point for protecting the data of citizens and companies; while in China the social scoring model has an immense weight on the citizen, and the GDPR has an optional value, in Europe it has been seen that data protection has given many fruits and has been followed excellently on many occasions, especially in those cases in which the suspicion of lack of protection has been aroused.
Human progress is unstoppable, technologies have changed languages and everyday life and even in the case of social scoring we will have to prepare ourselves for a new level of interaction that only time can stabilize and make it more tangible.