The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is just a few months away, but strengthened digital rights won’t mean much if people can’t exercise them. Well-designed services will help people get at data held about them, understand how it’s used and help people take action when something goes wrong.

Over the next few months Open Rights Group is working with IF on a project for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to make a proof-of-concept for a tool that helps people understand their digital rights. We’re looking for input from across the industry to learn about what you think will help people use rights in the GDPR. That’s why we need your help.

Services will need to respect people’s privacy, and use technology that doesn’t create an additional centralized dataset. We think that, over time, organisations which hold data will build services that do that. But right now there aren’t many good examples to point at. We want tools that use decentralised technology and meet genuine consumer needs. So, we’re holding a call for ideas.

We’re looking for ideas that reflect the powerful rights in the GDPR. We’ll be making a proof-of-concept digital service in around five weeks – but ideas can be wide in scope. We’ll make the code and research available under an open licence at the end of the project. An example would be whatdotheyknow.com, the mySociety service which makes it easy for people to carry out Freedom of Information requests.

Use our form to submit your ideas by Monday February 12th.

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