Growth form MyData

Human-centeric data management offers possibilities for new applications that could benefit both public as well as private sector. With the help of personal data owned by people themselves many societal problems could be solved in innovative ways.

Oxford Research partnered with Open Knowledge Finland to create a report Models and impact of MyData:  Human-centric management and processing of public sector personal data. The project was carried out as a part of the analysis, assessment and research activities of Prime Minister's Office of Finland. The report outlines MyData principles and how they could be implemented in the public sector. It also examines possible impacts and costs of the human-centric data management.


The MyData principles are based on the idea that people should have control over the data about them.  They suggest that people should have practical tools for authorizing the reuse of their data in other services and to make choices about its processing. Making data available through such means could reduce the costs of developing new services and experimentation in both the private and public sector. At the same time, they would make public services more understandable and strengthen the rights individuals to their own data.


The report proposes new platforms and tools to be developed in a way that allows data controllers to choose means for data sharing according to their individual situation. Public bodies should also work to create trust and facilitate interaction between individuals and service providers, for instance through templates for terms and conditions and shared, understandable ways of expressing how data is used.


The report describes the impact of implementing MyData on the government and other stakeholders through three case studies in Finland: Population registry, transportation and healthcare. The improved availability and personal control of information enables personalized services and new kinds of applications, for instance moving health care to a preventative direction. This could offer lower health care costs for public sector and business opportunities for private companies.


The report is available in Finnish in Prime Minister's Offices website.


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