Welcome to the MyData Weekly Digest, a news site dedicated to producing the best coverage from within the human centred approach in personal data management. It provides information retrieved mainly from the MyData Global Slack Channel since June 2019. Postings and comments are owned by the respective user stated with each entry. MyData is an idea and an alternative vision for ethical use of personal data. It’s also a movement and a community, and a global non-profit organisation. Read more here: mydata.org

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Noteworthy Information
“Immunity passports” in the context of COVID-19

The WHO states that there is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.

Closing the data divide: the need for open data

Microsoft has announced the Open data initiative, whose goal is ‘to advance a much-needed discussion about how the world uses and shares data’ by ‘developing 20 new collaborations built around shared data by 2022’ - partners include ODI and GovLab.

Coronavirus: How to Do Testing and Contact Tracing

Nice and well documented analysis of the situation AND the value of testing, contact tracing app (technology alone is not enough simply because it is not used enough).

“Understanding MyData Operators” White Paper published

The paper represents an outstanding achievement for the community. Over the last year, the Operator thematic group have developed the concepts of the MyData declaration into a solid common understanding of the MyData operator across 48 proto-operators from 15 countries.

Questions Asked
The role of MyData Operators in COVID-19

For all of you working on COVID we would welcome your input on this paper.
We would like to have it reviewed and published rapidly, to move on with implementation.


MyData Internals

Board & Steering Group



This is a guest contribution from the MyData Global team

MyData is active in the digital response to COVID19 pandemic


  • The digital response to the COVID-19 crisis needs to be human-centric and must consider and balance individual rights with the needs of companies and other organisations in our economies. It must balance the collective good now and the potentially long-lasting effects of technological choices and policies that we enact in the short term. It’s our mission and duty to empower people by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data – more critically needed now than ever.
  • See also the revised MyData Global’s Theory of Change roadmap for how we intend to reach our high-level goals.


  • Find the list of COVID19 related projects and initiatives from this Trello board and get in touch with the leads mentioned in the card description and let’s work together! Quick summary about the past week’s progress on each project and initiatives can be found from this message
  • MyData vs COVID19 calls - UPDATE: now taking place biweekly on Thursdays 3pm CEST - register here for the next one on 7 May 2020
  • Join the lively discussions in #coronadata Slack channel that are the basis for constantly evolving thought leadership and emerging initiatives that bring the MyData response to COVID19 pandemic to life.

Highlight news, discussions and recaps:

Upcoming Events
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