State of MyData 2021

– A snapshot of the path to human-centric approach to personal data

The “State of MyData” publication was inspired by the discussions at the MyData Online 2020 Conference, the rigorous work of MyData Global’s local hubs and thematic groups as well as the community at large. It will help you understand the landscape of MyData and how to leverage it in various contexts, encouraging further work in governance and standardisation, and highlighting the important pillars crucial for implementing MyData in practice.

We are excited to see MyData gain a momentum around the world! We believe the State of MyData 2021 report helps understand and structure the diverse perspectives and contexts related to the paradigm shift towards the human-centric approach to personal data. We invite businesses, governments, universities, nonprofits and of course individuals to join us in actionable, structured and impactful efforts to make these shifts a reality.
Teemu Ropponen, General Manager of MyData Global

State of MyData 2021 – Read the full publication 

The full publication, in a user-friendly format, can be downloaded for free use. Share it with your networks and use it as a base for your own work.

The State of MyData 2021 provides a snapshot of how we are moving forward on the journey towards a fair, sustainable, and prosperous digital society for all. 

Download the paper here


Viivi Lähteenoja 
Senior advisor for MyData Global

Sille Sepp
Programmes lead of MyData Global

Watch the recording of the State of MyData 2021 interactive webinar on 31 May

The event introduced the current state of MyData through inspirational examples of implementation in practice in the domains of city work, mobility, skills, and children’s rights.

In addition to the authors of the publication, the spotlight presentations were from:

  • Kristina Yasuda, Identity Standards Architect, Microsoft
  • Mikko Rusama, Chief Digital Officer, Helsinki
  • Luukas Ilves, Head of Strategy, Guardtime
  • Jasmina Byrne, Chief of Policy, UNICEF


Read the summary in our blog 

We’ve collected five takeaways you will gather from the State of MyData 2021 in our blog post. It will give you an overview of the publication and what is in it for you. 

Read the blog here