Tag Archives: Mydex

Today sees the launch of Mydex's personal data store. As highlighted here previously, Mydex's prototype allows individuals to create their own personal data stores.  The objective of empowering individuals to manage their data online, controlling what type of data is shared and with which organisations, is no mere twinkle in Mydex's eye – the list of organisations participating in the pilot announced today is impressive and includes the Department for Work and Pensions (via its TellUsOnce project), the London Boroughs of Brent and Croydon and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, along with a number of observing organisations and contributors. External verification is to be provided by Experian. The objective of the pilot, as Mydex puts it, is to educate participants in the use and benefits of the personal data store system, which will subsequently support the next stage in developing new and valuable personal data store services. Datanomy will be following progress … Continue Reading ››
Instead of organisations owning and controlling data, how would it be if individuals had control of the management, use and sharing of information about themselves?  Datonomy has been reading with interest about the theory and practice of such an idea in Mydex's paper "The Case for Personal Information Empowerment: The rise of the personal data store" and it reminds him of that Barclays advert a few years ago with Robbie Coltrane which ended with a punchline something like: "of course, you know what this means, don't you? We'll all become our own bank managers."  Bank managers aside, the concept of a "personal data store" is an intriguing one. For the consumer or citizen, it would bring convenience (how many passwords does Datonomy struggle with every day, and this is just the tip of the "convenience" iceberg) and it would bring the prospect of control (sharing personal information only with intended recipients, not those "carefully selected third parties" that … Continue Reading ››
For some time before the election in May there was a convergence of quite varied interests on privacy issues, and this convergence now seems to have disappeared, or altered in a way not yet clear or visible. The public debate today is dominated by the budgetary question of the structural deficit and the cuts to public services that are required to remove or reduce the deficit. The Big Ticket privacy issues (ie the ID card and ContactPoint) were dealt with by the Coalition quite rapidly, but is that it, for the moment at least? The key connected debate is on the Smaller State and/or the Big Society. The relationship between them isn’t clear, but while the State might be on the retreat, that doesn’t mean it will be any less privacy invasive for those who still come within its ambit (most of us). There will still be plenty of reasons, for instance, … Continue Reading ››