« If I (an organization) can use your data, you can too… however you please. » With this particular idea in mind, FING and its partner organizations launched the MesInfos pilot project in 2012.
What would happen if organizations that gather personal data actually shared those datasets with the individuals concerned ? From this starting point, MesInfos has set out to explore what could be a real paradigm shift in the digital economy.
We call it “Self Data”: the collection, use and sharing of personal data by and for individuals, under their complete control and designed to fulfill their own needs and aspirations.
The benefits to individuals are endless: improve one’s self-knowledge, evaluate past decisions, make better and more informed choices in the present, share information and collaborate with others, contribute to common endeavours, make life easier…
But organizations stand to gain as well, first by restoring trust and loyalty, second by improving the quality of the data that they gather, and lastly, thanks to better, more efficient and more transparent marketplaces that reward the truly competitive ones.
« What is the value of Self Data for organizations ? » Booklet. May 2016. Fing and Without Model undertook a specific investigation into the challenges of Self data, namely the economic challenge. At the heart of this challenge lies the very salient question of what incentive would lead organizations to return data to users. This booklet in english gathers some of our material published in French : a review of services and their business models ; a summary of the impact Self Data can have on the business models of organizations.
Managing Your Digital Life. Article. By Serge Abiteboul, Benjamin André, Daniel Kaplan. Communications of the ACM. [An article about Personal Information Management Systems : "online services have become an essential part of our daily life. However, because of them, we are all experiencing a loss of control over our personal data. With PIMS, we can regain control. (...)"]
The MesInfos Pilot Study (Summary, Conclusions, Future Challenges). January 2015. From October 2013 to May 2014, large companies (e.g., banks, an insurance provider, a retailer, a telecommunications giant) agreed to securely, individually share with several hundred of their clients the personal data they gather about them on a daily basis. This experiment was the first of its kind in the world. This report presents its most significant findings.