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
You Are Now Remotely Controlled

In an opinion piece Shoshana Zuboff writes about surveillance capitalists who control the science and the scientists, the secrets and the truth.

Open-source standard data profiles and personal data licenses

Prifina has today released an open standard data profile and other developer tools in the open-source GitHub repository called “Liberty. Equality. Data.

Conscious Cities - The Hague Track for Odyssey 2020 Hackathon (Video: 2min)

This is an interesting opportunity for anyone building privacy-by-design solutions for city problems. Apply until Feb 24th, 2020

Off-Facebook Activity

Off-Facebook activity includes information that businesses and organizations share with us about your interactions with them, such as visiting their apps or websites. Paul-Olivier fought for 4 years to make Facebook implement this feature - read more here.

The Greta of Data

Turns out that as far as I know Greta Thunberg will have heard of “Own Your Data” before she has heard of “MyData” - see the tweet from Brittany Kaiser.


Questions Asked
How to transform terms and conditions into something readable?

Is there any service provider that can transform terms and conditions into something readable for someone who is not a lawyer, or someone who knows about laws. My idea is that if I am going to sign terms and conditions or a privacy policy I would pay happily a service that can translate this into bullet points before I agree.
Various people already provided answers and suggested tools to achieve this.


Tools
Fathom

Looks like a MyData friendly option to Google Analytics.


MyData Internals

Board & Steering Group
* The first board meeting in 2020 took place on Jan 30th (running memo available here) and those were the decisions:
* Sarah Medjek will continue as chair and Antti “Jogi” Poikola is the new vice-chair
* Mad Price Ball continues as secretary
* Paul-Olivier Dehaye continues as treasurer; additionally, as Standing Finance Committee Antti “Jogi” Poikola, Katryna Dow, and John Wunderlich will work with Paul-Olivier Dehaye until Spring General Meeting 2020 to clarify and raise financial visibility for the board and draft a financial policy to be decided by the board
* Kristina Yasuda and Charlie Martial Ngounou will be board representatives to the steering group

Community * Hopefully everybody celebrated the “Data Protection Day” on January 28th * @apoikola was on Finish national TV at the Data Protection Day and spread the word about MyData
* Join a raffle for the Spring Community Meeting in Amsterdam on March 19-20, 2020


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

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