openPDS - The privacy-preserving Personal Data Store

Robert Hettinga hettinga at
Sat Aug 9 04:07:50 PDT 2014


openPDS allows users to collect, store, and give fine-grained access to their data all while protecting their privacy.

With the rise of smartphones and their built-in sensors as well as web-apps, an increasing amount of personal data is being silently collected. Personal data–digital information about users’ location, calls, web-searches, and preferences–is undoubtedly the oil of the new economy. However, the lack of access to the data makes it very hard if not impossible for an individual to understand and manage the risks associated with the collected data. Therefore, advancements in using and mining this data have to evolve in parallel with considerations about ownership and privacy.

Many of the initial and critical steps towards individuals data ownership are technological. Given the huge number of data sources that a user interacts with on a daily basis, interoperability is not enough. Rather, the user needs to actually own a secured space, a Personal Data Store (PDS) acting as a centralized location where his data live. Owning a PDS would allow the user to view and reason about the data collected. The user can then truly control the flow of data and manage fine-grained authorizations for accessing his data.

openPDS: Protecting the Privacy of Metadata through SafeAnswers, PLoS One, 10.1371 (2014)
On the Trusted Use of Large-Scale Personal Data, IEEE Data Engineering Bulletin, 35-4 (2012)
Big Data Is Opening Doors, but Maybe Too Many, The New-York Times
ACLU: AT&T Customer Privacy at Risk, Wall Street Journal - CIO Journal
Own your own data, MIT News
Big Data : pourquoi nos métadonnées sont-elles plus personnelles que nos empreintes digitales ?, Le Monde
Private data gatekeeper stands between you and the NSA, New Scientist
MIT Wants You To Own Your Own Data, Not Give It Away, New Scientist
MIT-designed system lets you take control of your data, Wired (UK)
Getting More Value from Cell-Phone Data, Technology Review
openPDS software focuses on control of personal data,
How to stop the NSA spying on your data, New Scientist
Why the collision of big data and privacy will require a new realpolitik, GigaOM
3 Projects Prove Privacy Is Not Dead, Scientific American
Reiventing Society in the Wake of Big Data, The Edge
New system would allow individuals to pick and choose what data to share with websites, mobile apps,
A Major ISP Wants to Give Consumers a Cut of the Online Data Market,
Protecting privacy online, Science Daily
Collecte de métadonnées : est-il trop tard pour s’inquiéter?, Radio Canada (FR)
Deine Daten gehören dir: Wie ein System namens OpenPDS den Datenschutz revolutionieren könnte, T3N (DE)

openPDS privacy settings (.zip)

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