Democracy and participation, Education

Get Your Data!


Who is behind this?

Arne Semsrott

Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.


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Idea pitch

In May, the new EU Data Protection Regulation will come into force. It is hailed as a major step towards better privacy in the Union. At the same time, citizens don't know what this means for them specifically. With "Get your data!" we want to provide an online platform that enables people to demand the data both local and international companies have stored about them - with only two clicks. Companies then have to give out the data to the users, giving them a better idea of who has their data.

Why does Europe need your idea?

The right to Privacy is one of the key elements of a functioning democracy. In order to enforce it, citizens have to know who keeps their data. By enabling them to easily request their data from companies, we empower them to make better decisions on who to give data - and who not permit the usage.

What is your impact?

We can start the basis for better-informed debates on the use of private data not only by big internet companies, but also local businesses. By showing who has personal data, we can inform people on how flows of personal data work online and offline - and what they can do against that.

How do you get there?

We will create an open source platform based on modules already in use by It will provide online forms that can be sent directly to all companies within the platform's directory under the Data Protection Regulation, thus providing easy access to the data. Answers by companies usually come via snail mail.

What is your story?

While discussions about big data, Facebook and Google are virulent, methods to empower people in this context are rather less-known. We want to change that.

Who are you doing it for?

1) People who are interested in privacy but are a) unaware of their rights or b) not super-interested and would not go through the hassle of doing it manually.

2) The companies receive the requests in a digital machine-readable way even though they probably would not appreciate our effort.



Johannes Filter

Idea created on Jan. 15, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 17, 2018

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