Midata or Their Data? Controlling Your Own Customer Record


Wednesday 14 December 2011 14:00 – 17:00

Hosted by Oxford Internet Institute

Location: Room 051, Computer Science Department, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, OX1 3QD.

Registration: Please email your name and affiliation to events@oii.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1865 287209


  • Rory Gallagher, Cabinet Office
  • William Heath, Chairman, Mydex
  • Anthony House, Google
  • Georgina Nelson, Which?
  • John Taysom, Harvard University


The UK government’s Midata initiative will see 26 major businesses give customers access to their personal data in portable, electronic format. This should allow consumers to better understand their own behaviour (supporting, for example, energy efficiency), and to shop around for better deals. Consumer groups including Which? have been developing privacy principles for this service, while start-ups like Mydex are developing technology to let individuals manage their own personal data ‘lockers’.

At this workshop we will hear from some of the key Midata government, industry and civil society stakeholders, and discuss how to maximise benefits to individuals and the economy while minimising risks of data spills and other threats.


Privacy Value Networks (PVNets)

October 2008 – December 2011

Privacy Value Networks (PVNets) is producing an empirical base for developing concepts of privacy across contexts and timeframes, addressing a current lack of clarity of what privacy is and what it means to stakeholders in different usage scenarios.