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
Making data portability more effective for the digital economy

This report by the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) provides recommendations on how to make personal data portability more effective. The authors warn that the current legal framework requires clarifications to better empower European citizens in a data-driven society.

Espoo’s use of data gets a boost from the government

The Ministry of Finance has granted Helsinki, Espoo, Turku and Oulu slightly over EUR 2 million as funding for MyData projects. Espoo’s share of the funding is EUR 150,000. The aim is to improve the cities’ technical capabilities, enabling them to use residents’ data while ensuring the protection of individuals and data security. Residents’ data refers to data that is collected from the residents through the city’s systems as the residents use the city’s services.

SwissCovid: a critical analysis of risk assessment by Swiss authorities

Paul-Olivier wrote a paper outlining the privacy and security risks associated to the Google/Apple Exposure Notification API. This is very Swiss centric but applicable to many different countries of course.

UK virus-tracing app switches to Google-Apple model

The Apple-Google design has been promoted as being more privacy-centric.

Iconified Representations of PrivacyPolicies: A GDPR Perspective

Privacy policies inform on personal data collection and pro-cessing practices, allowing people to make informed decisions about agiven service. However, they are difficult to understand due to theirlength and use of legal terminology. To address this issue, regulatory bod-ies propose the use of graphical representations for privacy policies. Thispaper reviews the development of current graphical and iconified repre-sentations for privacy policies


Check out TFP on Product Hunt - it lets the user scan their social media posts and clean them up and is built on the digi.me platform with Private Sharing

MyData Internals

Board and Steering Group

  • Sarah informed that the hubs acceptance process will resume with the Internal Regulations for Hubs approved now by the members at the SGM
  • Jogi prepares the MyData Operators Thematic Group charter for approval on the next board meeting on June 25th


  • Common Endpoints had a call on Wednesday, June 17th discussing sharing and the API of the UK Open Banking initiative; running memo is available
  • The MyData Operators Group had a call on Wednesday, June 17th further discussing the process of assigning the title MyData Operator
  • Karolina invited all to join the community consultations on MyData Online 2020 conference in the #general channel
  • Iain shared the news that the recent submission to the business funding call from https://essif-lab.eu/ by Isabelle, Davide, and him was successful
  • Ansku asks for your inputs on the upcoming monthly MyData newsletter
  • Viivi leaves her current role as Deputy General Manager for MyData Global and taking up a post as a data policy fellow with the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco, California
  • Isabelle posted a summary of the first MyData-4-Covid19 workshop; minutes are available
  • Paul-Olivier continued a discussion that started during the Spring General Meeting on forming a Thematic Group on the MyData Academy
  • Chris started a lively debate about the cost of applying for being a MyData Operator
  • Julien proposed to start a new Thematic Group on "Making IT work for people / as opposed to people work for IT". The goal would be to empower individuals by teaching about free software possibilities and privacy first solutions for daily life.

Upcoming Events
The following events are in the MyData calendar for next week:

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