Rebecca Thomson writes in Computer Weekly:
Councils and central government departments have joined forces to take part in a prototype of a new personal data store in an attempt to solve the problems raised by the “database state”.
The idea is to give individuals control over their own personal data, allocating people a digital data store which they can then choose to share with different organisations.
Croydon Council, Brent Council and Windsor and Maidenhead Council have all signed up for the project.
The Cabinet Office, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Information Commissioner’s Office are also involved.
Individuals involved will be able to store, manage and transmit basic non-financial data. The company running the project, Mydex Community Interest Company, says it is keen to speak to other local authorities about their willingness to sign up to personal data stores.