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White Paper: The Data Mobility Opportunity

– Digi.me

  • Report
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 10 January 2020

Digi.me considers the barriers and solutions to a data sharing economy

Contending that data mobility will be the ‘next major digital accelerator of economic growth,’ this white paper from Digi.me suggests that more needs to be done to support the growth of safe and easy data sharing.

As part of a collaboration which includes Barclays, the BBC, BT, Centrica and Facebook, Digi.me has identified eight ‘gaps’ that need to be addressed in order to facilitate better data sharing – this white paper explores those gaps and suggests ways of remedying them.

The paper opens by looking at the issue of liability. Noting that businesses often pass on risk to users, Digi.me calls for the development of a shared liability framework that clearly identifies the risks inherent in data sharing and defines responsible parties.

Next, the authors consider third party validation, observing that current measures are “manual, not scalable and not consistent.”

Digi.me notes that:

"Work is taking place to try and remedy this issue, and that potential solution could include rating systems, right-to-erasure execution performance, or the use of artificial intelligence."

The paper then moves on to the challenges experienced by users, including the problem of fragmented and siloed platforms, poor revocation practices, lack of understanding around privacy information, and cumbersome authentication processes.

To remedy these issues, Digi.me calls for better harmonisation between platforms alongside more robust and standardised protocols, so that users are in control of their data and feel empowered to use data mobility services. Though the authors are careful to highlight that these measures should not come at the expense of security.

The issue around user understanding is explored in more detail in the penultimate section of the white paper. Digi.me describes the ‘know how’ gap as a key barrier to data mobility, contending that it is the responsibility of the industry to communicate the benefits of data sharing and to generate trust in the process. 

Finally, the white paper calls for broader data sharing between different industries, including health services, governments, and retailers.

Showcasing the support that they provide for data sharing services, Digi.me concludes that:

"Realising the potential of the PDE [personal data economy] depends on data mobility and sharing. It will, in turn, be about a shared success, between all participants connected across the industry."

Ethical personal data flowing freely, with full user consent, will form the bedrock of a better world for individuals and organisations

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