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Helsinki joins international personal data network

MyData states that people must have the opportunity to manage, utilise and disclose any personal data collected on them and aims to help build a fair, sustainable and healthy digital society.

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MyData ensures the sharing of personal data is based on a trusting relationship
MyData ensures the sharing of personal data is based on a trusting relationship

Helsinki has announced it is joining the MyData Global network which will enable the Finnish capital to influence the development of MyData principles in Finland and the EU and support the realisation of the principles in the operations of cities.

 

The purpose of the non-profit MyData Global is to empower individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data. MyData is a principle for managing personal data, which states that people must have the opportunity to manage, utilise and disclose any personal data collected on them.

 

Healthy digital society

 

The MyData capabilities will build a path towards a fair, sustainable, and healthy digital society in which the sharing and use of personal data are based on a confidential and trusting relationship between individuals and organisations, according to the City of Helsinki.

 

Smart utilisation of the City’s data will also ensure that, by leveraging the data and various analytics, it can more efficiently provide residents with personalised services when they need them.

 

“The aim of Helsinki’s digitalisation programme is to enable the City to anticipate the needs of its residents on their terms. In practice, we will be implementing the MyData principles by creating the capabilities for the transparent management and authorisation of data,” said Mikko Rusama, chief digitalisation officer, City of Helsinki.

 

“We want Helsinki, together with other Finnish cities, to be an international trendsetter in the building of a people-centric internet with the MyData Global network.”

 

In accordance with the MyData principles, the City will transparently indicate what data is collected on residents, how the data is used and what purposes the data is used for.

“We want Helsinki, together with other Finnish cities, to be an international trendsetter in the building of a people-centric internet with the MyData Global network”

When utilising data on local residents, the City said it will also indicate the grounds for using the data: whether the use is based on consent; a statutory contractual relationship; or a customer relationship, for example. If they wish, residents can also decide whether or not their data is shared between City services or disclosed to other organisations, including other cities. ​

 

The network also serves to improve Helsinki’s competence in the utilisation of MyData through peer learning and to promote cooperation in Finland and abroad. The City of Helsinki said it has engaged in close cooperation with the network even before these recent developments.

 

The international MyData Global network already includes more than 90 organisations from more than 40 countries. In addition, the network includes hundreds of private members from six continents.

 

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