by Paul Rudo on 14/05/12 at 6:16 pm
Anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while knows that we focus a lot on the effects that information collection, data mining and social media are having personal privacy. And we’re not alone.
Many grass-roots organizations and self-regulating industry groups have emerged in order to set guidelines and impose ethical behaviour when it comes to the use of sensitive personal information collected about individuals through the Internet, mobile phone activity, financial records, and countless other sources.
Responsible and ethical behaviour is absolutely critical since many legal experts are saying that your 4th amendment rights disappear once your data falls into the hands of a third party.
In response to this important social issue, the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium was created. The PSEC brings together some of the brightest minds from widely varied fields such as law, journalism, venture capital and computer science.
The organization aims to bring together organizations whose business models are being built around user-centric personal data, in an effort promote business models which ensure profitability while also providing individuals with the rights and tools to manage their own data.
- The PDEC currently runs regular privacy workshops which aim to educate the personal data tech community on issues such as governance, privacy, innovation, strategy and risk analysis.
- In 2011, the PDEC launched a Startup Circle in order to connect early-stage companies within the “personal data” space. The aim is to create a shared language and shared understanding which will help stimulate collaboration.
- In January 2012, the PDEC also launched the Personal Data Journal. This monthly publication contains updates by the brightes minds in the personal data space, and keeps track of new start-ups, technologies, standards, legal issues, and insider buzz.
- At $10,000 per year, the Personal Data Journal may not be for everyone. If you still want to keep up-to-date on these issues without breaking the bank, you can also check out the blogs, presentations, podcasts and newsletters which are freely available from the PDEC.
If you’d like to learn more about the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium, you can visit their web site at http://pde.cc/.