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Press release: MyData Operator 2020 status awarded to 16 organisations from around the world

MyData Global
Press release
Helsinki, July 29th 2020
Embargo 16:30 CEST 


A bold new initiative to shape the new normal of data has arrived – MyData Operator 2020 status awarded to 16 organisations from around the world


As the CEOs of US data giants face inquiry in the country’s Congress, an alternative to data-hoarding by the few and the powerful is emerging. In an unprecedented collaboration across competitors from all corners of the world, 16 organisations have emerged as the inaugural wave of awardees of MyData Operator 2020. These forward-thinking organisations have chosen to pool their experience and expertise in order to pave the way for responsible personal data ecosystems which are designed from the ground up to empower the people themselves.

“We believe open ecosystems which provide people real choices between good alternatives are the new normal for personal data and digital services that rely on it. The current situation, investigated by the US Congress, is unsustainable both from a human and a market perspective,” explains Teemu Ropponen, General manager of MyData Global, the organisation behind the award.

Today, 16 world-leading organisations from 12 countries, who are working for human-centric approaches to personal data, were awarded the inaugural status of MyData Operator 2020. 

The MyData Operator 2020 Award was created by the internationally recognised nonprofit MyData Global. The award acknowledges organisations that place the individual at the centre of personal data about them, provide tools to help them manage personal data, and have the individual as the primary beneficiary of this data.

A MyData operator, as described in the white paper Understanding MyData Operators, is a provider of infrastructure for personal data management and a key element in creating sustainable ecosystems for fair and ethical use of personal data.  MyData operators provide interoperability at the technical, informational and governance levels to support the flow of personal data across services. They are examples of a human-centric approach to what the recent EU data strategy calls “novel data intermediaries” and which are set to play a critical role in the provision of the strategy’s vision of data spaces.

Organisations applying for MyData Operator 2020 status were required to demonstrate how they create agency for human-centric data control, and how data and value flow in their ecosystems. To be considered for the award, these organisations had to show how their services have the potential to interoperate within the ecosystem, and each other. 


Radical collaboration for human-centric data control

The awarded organisations are working together with their competitors on areas of mutual interest to create a successful, interoperable personal data ecosystem. “MyData Global congratulates awardees for their integrity, dedication, and openness in this unprecedented sharing of information that goes far beyond the requirements of any regulation. Ultimately, it is individuals who will benefit from this shared understanding of MyData operators – with increased transparency, better choices, and more innovative, responsible services,” explains Joss Langford, co-lead of the MyData Operators Thematic Group and the lead editor for Understanding MyData Operators white paper.  

The 16 organisations awarded MyData Operator 2020 status represent multiple countries and service types. Some offer broad services directly to individuals, some have very focused offerings in just one sector, while some provide technologies and infrastructure for others to build human-centric services. They can now use the MyData Operator 2020 logo and assert that they have been ‘awarded the status of MyData Operator 2020 by MyData Global in recognition of their operation of human-centric infrastructure for personal data management and sharing.’

There will be future opportunities for organisations to apply for MyData Operator 2020 status in September and November of this year. Moving forward into 2021, the award criteria will develop to strengthen the requirements to build data flows between services and further enhance transparency on the journey of interoperability and the open ecosystems it enables.


More information:

The organisations awarded the MyData Operator 2020 status:

Logosheet below.

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For more information contact:

Teemu Ropponen
General manager, MyData Global
Phone +358 40 525 5153

Joss Langford
MyData Operators Thematic Group
Phone +44 1392 247131


About MyData Global:
MyData Global is an award-winning international nonprofit. The purpose of MyData Global is to empower individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data. MyData Global has nearly 90 organisation members and over 600 individual members across industries, and from over 50 countries, on six continents. The nonprofit facilitates the MyData community of several thousand personal data experts and enthusiasts. 

MyData is described in the recently published EU data strategy as a promising initiative for empowering citizens through exercising their digital rights. 

About MyData Operators Thematic Group:
The MyData Operators Thematic Group seeks to promote the MyData operator approach to human-centric personal data management and to contribute to a common understanding of that approach both within the MyData community and more widely. We bring together the best minds to provide thought leadership to inform technological and business initiatives. We focus on practical aspects of technology and governance to make the operation of infrastructures for personal data sharing, use and management easier and more human-centric, with the long-term goal of establishing full interoperability between operators. We meet regularly and create publications to support operators, other MyData members, and the global personal data community. We seek to inspire the development of human-centric operator technologies, business models, and public policy that embody the MyData principles and to identify opportunities for collaboration.


List of all the awarded operators

Operator’s brand name The legal name of organisation providing services Country (or countries) of organisation registration Countries in which services are delivered Webpage
Ockto Ockto B.V. Netherlands Netherlands 
Schluss Foundation development Schluss Netherlands Netherlands 
Diabetes Services  Diabetes Services ApS Denmark Denmark, EU 
Myfairdata FAIR AND SMART France France 
MyDataShare Vastuu Group Ltd Finland Finland 
SeLF esatus AG Germany Germany 
DataYogi Information Answers Ltd United Kingdom United Kingdom, EU, North America 
MyLife Digital MyLife Digital Limited United Kingdom United Kingdom 
OwnYourData Gemeinnütziger Verein zur Förderung der selbstständigen Nutzung von Daten Austria Global, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Europe 
Numbers Numbers Co., Ltd. Taiwan Taiwan, Global 
Cozy Cozy Cloud France France 
Personium Fujitsu Ltd. Japan and other global locations  Japan, Korea, UK, Finland, France 
Meeco Meeco Group Pty Ltd Australia, Belgium, United Kingdom Australia, Benelux, France, Germany, United Kingdom, USA Limited UK, US, Netherlands, Bosnia Europe, US, Australia 
Fairdrop Datafund d.o.o. Slovenia Slovenia, Finland, Switzerland, Europe LCubed AB Sweden, India Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Singapore, UAE and India