Microsoft entering the personal data management space?

Microsoft entering the personal data management space?

Recent new published across the web and snippet from ZDNet

Microsoft is working on a project codenamed “Bali,” which is designed to give users control of data collected about them. The project is a Microsoft Research incubation effort and seems to be in private testing at this stage.

I learned of the existence of Bali in a tweet from “Longhorn,” which I saw via another Twitter user, “Walking Cat.” Longhorn described Bali as “a project that can delete all your connection and account information (inverseprivacyproject).”

I found a link to the Bali project page. That page allows those with a code to sign into the site and says those without a code can request one.

The “About” page for Bali describes it as a “new personal data bank which puts users in control of all data collected about them…. The bank will enable users to store all data (raw and inferred) generated by them. It will allow the user to visualize, manage, control, share and monetize the data.”

What does this mean?

This is great news for those in the personal data management space, where there is a growing demand for solutions that allow for granular and transparency of individual information

There are already a few in this space, but one of focus in this article is mappd

Full disclosure, I am the founder of mappd and will keep the ad to a minimum

What does mappd do?

Mappd is a UK based startup, backed by Bethnal Green Ventures who aim to restore trust and transparency in a digital world, through convenient tools that do not add to our already busy schedules

Mappd also has a commercial offering for organisations to manage their day to day data requirements and support them in automating data subject rights under the GDPR

Imagine; one place, simple to use, as powerful as the end user requires and solving day to day challenges.. Mappd is almost there and 2019 is certainly going to be exciting.

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