As the first major step towards addressing the Core Issues, Ctrl- Shift created the Data Mobility Infrastructure Sandbox to explore Infrastructure and Standards.
Underlying the Infrastructure and Standards Core Issue there are a number of challenges, but the one in need of most urgent attention is the lack of mechanisms for safe data sharing.
This phase of work has focused on identifying what is in place currently to support safe data sharing and the gaps that need to be addressed, with the identification of both gaps and solutions being valuable during this exploration phase.
Why Safe Data Sharing
Safe data sharing is of foundational importance to Personal Data Mobility. If it is not in place, there is a risk that individuals experience harm and businesses suffer reputational damage, leading to both sides being less willing to participate and the full potential value of Personal Data Mobility not being realised.
Prior to GDPR, data sharing took place between organisations with minimal (if any) consent from individuals and limited transparency provided by the organisations sharing data. GDPR has given individuals more control over their data but legal enablement needs to be matched with infrastructural enablement to ensure data sharing is safe. Otherwise, GDPR has created a right to data portability that creates risks for both individuals and businesses.
For these reasons, the first phase of the Data Mobility Infrastructure Sandbox has investigated how safely and easily individuals can share their data using currently available services.
As people are unlikely to share data unless they see a benefit in so doing, the Sandbox also undertook an initial exploration of the potential value that Personal Data Mobility can create. This was focused on a small number of use cases and the value opportunity will be explored more deeply in forthcoming Value Sandboxes.
This report shares our conclusions on how safe data sharing is currently, the gaps that need to be addressed for it to be safe and valuable, and how Personal Data Mobility can help businesses create increased value for their customers.
Participants and Observers
The businesses participating in the Data Mobility Infrastructure Sandbox are Barclays, the BBC, BT, Centrica and Facebook, with digi.me acting as the facilitator for data sharing.
Valuable input to the Sandbox was provided by a number of organisations who kindly agreed to act as independent observers – the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI), Consumers International, DCMS, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton (WSI).