#MyData: From Data Protection to Data Empowerment

Viivi Lähteenoja
Jan 28, 2019 · 3 min read
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You have rights to data about you. You have the right to privacy and data protection. You also have the right not merely be the passive recipient of protection, but actively to make the fullest use of data about you. This is why MyData Global exists: the nonprofit in your corner, working for the empowerment of all with our data.

Data protection is the bare minimum

Privacy is about putting you in the driver’s seat. Privacy by default gives you the possibility then to share and reuse your data, exactly when and how you want.

Privacy is a radical paradigm shift. Right now, decisions about your data, my data, and our data are being made by people and processes other than you or me. They are being made to benefit those who control that data. What if you and I had the chance to decide who gets to benefit from our data? What kind of a world would we create?

Imagine if the researchers of the world had access to all the data they needed to conduct studies about disease and suffering. Imagine if people you could trust were in control of making sure your data helped create better cities, more useful services, and a fairer society. Imagine contributing to the world you would like to see but wouldn’t in your wildest dreams believe possible.

Data has the power to transform society. Your data is part of this, why shouldn’t you be a part of ensuring this transformation is for the better?

Data protection is the bare minimum. It’s absolutely vital, but it’s only the first step. Once your data is protected, the next step is to put it to work. What do you want your data to do for you and for us all?


What MyData Global is and does, and why

MyData Global is the award-winning nonprofit born out of a community of data professionals, businesses, activists, legal experts, academics, techies, entrepreneurs, social scientists, and citizens who share a common goal. Founded in the autumn of 2018, we are some 500 members (people and organisations) from six continents who believe in putting the human in the middle of all this data talk.

Our purpose is to empower individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data. The human-centric paradigm is aimed at a fair, sustainable, and prosperous digital society, where the sharing of personal data is based on trust as well as a balanced and fair relationship between individuals and organisations.

Learn about us, follow us, stand with us. We’re in this together.

MyData Journal

Journal of MyData - human centric personal data.

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