Cozy Cloud takes important step towards open personal data ecosystems with MyData

Cozy Cloud takes important step towards open personal data ecosystems with MyData

Today, we are celebrating Cozy Cloud’s involvement in MyData Global’s recently published paper, Understanding MyData Operators. It is a foundational step on a roadmap towards a human centric personal data infrastructure that involves 34 experts and supported by 48 personal data operators in 15 countries.

Why is MyData Operators a good idea?

The MyData vision published in 2015, described operators as actors in personal data ecosystems that provide infrastructure for human-centric personal data management and governance. Cozy Cloud is one such organisation and prides itself on its contribution to the creation of sustainable ecosystems where the use of data is transparent and controlled by individuals. As providers of infrastructure for personal data management, we recognise our responsibility in creating sustainable ecosystems for fair and ethical use of personal data.

Joss Langford, lead editor of the paper

The need for a human-centric data economy is evident: fighting and understanding the impact of COVID19 in a privacy-preserving way, and creating better public and private services are just some of the examples. The paper creates a common language, leading to a better understanding of the field and the roles different actors can take. From there, it defines minimum interoperability requirements and emphasises the need for governance. We have been part of a robust and creative process over the last year with other experts and service providers. The combination of workshops in different places in the world, followed by intense online collaboration in the last few months, allowed us all to contribute to an insightful paper which we support.

MyData proto-operator platforms emerging across the world

What is a MyData operator?

MyData operators enable the sharing of personal data across services so that the use of data is transparent and controlled by individuals. As providers of infrastructure for personal data management, they are the key parties in creating sustainable ecosystems for the fair and ethical use of personal data.


With the support of a MyData operator platform, this can be a reality. In short, a MyData operator is an entity that EMPOWERS consumers and enables them to say ‘yes’ to sharing their data, with confidence and trust. It ENABLES companies to be transparent in the way they are using your data so that they can reduce the risk of non-compliance.
Covid-19 crisis proves the relevance of a MyData operator.

How to become a MyData operator?

Step 01: Enable transparency and permissions for personal data usage

Step 02: Make your data accessible and downloadable for users

Step 03: Embrace identity interoperability by adopting self-sovereign identity principles

Step 04: Be part of a data exchange ecosystem to provide superior services to enable your users to leverage data even outside your organisation

48 Personal Data Operators in 15 countries

The following people have actively contributed in the development of this paper: Benjamin André (Cozy Cloud), Henrik Biering (Peercraft), Lal Chandran (, J Cromack (MyLife Digital), Matthias De Bièvre (Visions), Dominik De-imel (comuny), Olivier Dion (Onecub), Katryna Dow (Meeco), Johannes Ernst (Indie Computing), Adrian Gropper (HIE of One), Iain Henderson (JLINC Labs), Marie-José Hoefmans (Schluss), Jonathan Holtby (Dataswift), Harri Honko (Vastuu Group), Mi-ka Huhtamäki (Vastuu Group), Wil Janssen (InnoValor), Kai Kuikkaniemi (S Group), Vladimir Kuparinen (, Viivi Lähteenoja (MyData Global), Joss Langford(Coelition), Xavier Lefevre (fair&smart), Jan Leindals (Diabetes Services), Mark Li-zar (OpenConsent), Lotta Lundin (, Alan Mitchell (Mydex CIC), Antti ‘Jogi’ Poikola (MyData Global), Gaston Remmers (Mijn Data Onze Gezondheid), Marlies Rikken (InnoValor), Mikko Sierla (Vastuu Group), Dixon Siu (Personium), Maurice Verheesen (Schluss), Paul Wang (ICON), Kaliya Young (Identity Woman), Isabelle de Zegher (b!loba).

"We are really proud that MyData Global has facilitated this landmark paper", says Teemu Ropponen, general manager of MyData Global. "Operator organisations worldwide have joined on a common journey towards interoperable infrastructure for using personal data across digital services. These operators commit to working in a way that not only puts the rights of the individual in the centre, but also sets them on a collective path to build ecosystems that work for people. The MyData operator philosophy is very much aligned with the recently published EU data strategy, which emphasises the rights of individuals in these developing infrastructures."

The MyData operator philosophy is very much aligned with the recently published EU data strategy.

From here on, we will continue to help the MyData Operators Thematic Group in keeping the operators network connected, contributing to thought leadership and working towards interoperability, both in technology, governance as well as human-centric business models.

To download the paper now and see updates in the future from this community visit our website.


About MyData Global

MyData Global is an award-winning international nonprofit. The purpose of MyData Global is to empower individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data. It is based on the MyData Declaration.

MyData Global has nearly 90 organisation members and over 600 individual members from over 40 countries, on six continents. We facilitate the 2000+ strong MyData Global community working on the ethical use of personal data. As part of our ecosystem development work, we organise the MyData Conferences.

MyData is both an alternative vision and guiding technical principles. The human-centric paradigm is aimed at a fair, sustainable, and prosperous digital society, where the sharing of personal data is based on trust as well as balanced and fair relationships between individuals and organisations.

Making the MyData vision happen, and making it right takes place in the various Initiatives around the world.

Webinar : White paper presentation and Q&A

Your are pretty welcome to our webinar to learn more about the concept and actors providing infrastructure for human-centric personal data management. Click below for registration ⤵️



Become a member of MyData Global
Sign the MyData Declaration
Follow MyData Global on Linkedin
Follow on MyData Global on Twitter