Are Personal Data Stores about to become the NEXT BIG THING?

Personal Data Store providers we assessed

Our hypotheses

  • Don’t have a market and adoption figures are low.
  • Are too much hard work (either for non-technical users or in terms of time and effort to be one’s own data broker).
  • Don’t provide any advantage to the user over existing models apart from privacy (a.k.a “what new superpower does it give me?”).
  • Don’t integrate with existing social platforms where people’s network lives.
  • Are unrealistic and will fail to deliver major privacy and data control shifts.

What we found

How does a personal data store work?

Review of PDS providers

SoLID

MyDex

Digi.me

Hub of all Things

OpenPDS

Meeco

Analysis

  • would not be lost when the company pivots, is bought up, goes bankrupt or decides to delete or suspend your account since you maintain it.
  • would not be as vulnerable to misuse, exploitation or data breaches since you hold the data and can revoke access.
  • can be kept accurate and up to date more easily from once central location.

Concerns

What might drive PDS adoption?

Questions and recommendations

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Digital Strategist. Product person. @redecentralize founder. Open Knowledge Trustee. I love technology, ideas and figuring out how things can be better.

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Irina Bolychevsky

Irina Bolychevsky

Digital Strategist. Product person. @redecentralize founder. Open Knowledge Trustee. I love technology, ideas and figuring out how things can be better.

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