What would happen if organisations 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 fulfil 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 organisations 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.
We engage organisations in giving back the data they have on their customers to them, to restore trust and the balance of powers.
Since 2012, we explored, we analysed, we experimented (a 300 users experiment, the first of its kind), we collaborated with our international peers (different names other than Self Data circulate: MyData, VRM, Pims Ecosystem, M2B…) we produced knowledge on the usage, the architecture, the challenges of such a paradigm shift in a digital economy which is mostly based on business models such as tracking people and using (or even selling) their data for the sole gain of the company.
> In 2016-2017 the main focus is the Pilot.
In 2016-2017, we need to take actions so that the Self Data scenario arise from paper and experiments into reality. That’s why we are leading the MesInfos Pilot – to gather organisations holding personal data, platforms/personal clouds, a territory, and an innovation ecosystem to pave the way for a concrete Self Data world (in which organisations are giving back data to their clients under no time limits). In 2017:
- Each of the 3000 testers will get a Cozy Cloud (Personal Cloud), thanks to the insurance provider Maif.
- Several organisations (insurance, energy and telecom providers to start) will transmit the data they have on them directly to each of the Cozy Cloud, under their complete control.
- The testers will then be able to add more data (photo, calendar, files…) to their Cozy and enjoy services to help them in gaining use value from their data (for instance services to better manage their lives, improve one’s self-knowledge, …).
> We are also involved in other endeavours concerning empowerment through personal data: « My Health, My Data » an experiment focused on health data ; « Rainbow Button » to help companies get ready for the new right to portability ; MyData, the international event on Self Data in Helsinki.
Presentation of the MesInfos project in 2017. Slides, May 2017.
Project Scope of the « Rainbow Button ». May 2017. The MesInfos partners gather to define a common framework for the deployment of the portability right as described in the GDPR.
“If I can use your data, you can too… however you please.” The MesInfos project on Self Data. Article, July 2016. A two pages summary of the project, written for the Mydata 2016 conference.
Empowering individuals with their personal data: the Self Data charter. Article and Charter, July 2016. A one page article about the publication of the Self Data Charter, written for the Mydata 2016 conference.
« 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.