PIMS: an alternative to get benefits from personal data in the EU space

Welcome to a new edition of the PIMCity newsletter in which we are going to talk about PDK.

PDK is a toolkit composed of different tools which simplify the creation of PIMS (Personal Information Management System). This lowers the barriers for companies and SMEs to enter the web data market.
The tools that make up the PIMCITY DEVELOPMENT KIT (PDK) are Privacy Metrics, Personal Data Safe, Personal-Consent Manager, Privacy Preserving Analytcis, Data Valuation Tools, Data Trading Engine, Data Aggregation, Data Portability Control, Data Provenance and Data Knowledge Extraction.

In this first Newsletter dedicated to PDK we will deal with the principles of the PDK and the first four tools which allow to improve users’ privacy.
This Wednesday 21st of July at 12:00 we invite you to the workshop on How to build a PIMs system and how to benefit from the EU PIMCity project in which we will explain in depth the project and all the PDK tools.
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PDK Principles

1) User-centric model

PIMCity is aligned from its conception with the approach promoted by the MyData movement which advocates a paradigm shift in the management and processing of personal data to move from a model focused on companies that collect data (with little transparency and very little control) to a system focused on the person and totally transparent. The definition of a new human-centric data economy which provides high quality data for businesses and at the same time respects the privacy of end-users is a must.
2) Interoperability

The architecture of PIMCity must allow users to integrate new data sources and connect them to new services. This property is an important element to generate confidence in a PIMS. Interoperability is the main advantage offered by the PDK, and at the same time it is the great challenge because it requires a process of standardization of consent mechanisms, formats and semantics. To allow seamlessly integration, all PDK components offer Web APIs that we document using the Open APIs4 specifications. This enables communications and interactions among them, easing integration with existing PIMS, as well as the design and development of new ones.
3) Open-Source Software

All the software we release is Open Source and available online on the GitLab Project of PIMCity. We encourage its use and invite the community to test and contribute to the project. We use the GitLab functionalities for collaboration as a forum for for issue tracking, discussing bugs, requesting new functionalities and offer support to users.



PDK: Tools to improve users’ privacy

These PDK modules have the goal of enhancing users’ privacy from different points of view. They are designed to offer a simple and intuitive interface to users and allow transparent data management.
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Personal Data Safe

It is the means to store personal data in a controlled form. It implements a secure repository for the user’s personal information. It is responsible for storing and aggregating user’s information such as navigation history, contacts, preferences, personal information, etc.
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Personal Consent Manager

The primary objective of the Personal Consent Manager (P-CM) is to give the users the transparency and control over their data in a GDPR compliant way. That is, give them the possibility to decide which data can be uploaded and stored in the platform, as well as how (raw, extracted or aggregated) data can be shared with Data Buyers in exchange for value when the opportunity arises.
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Privacy Metrics

Privacy Metrics represent the means to increase the user’s awareness. This component collects, computes and shares easy-to-understand data to allow users know how a service (e.g., a data buyer) stores and manages the data, if it shares it with third parties, how secure and transparent it looks, etc. These are all fundamental pieces of information for a user to know to take informed decisions.
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Privacy Preserving Analytics

The Personal Privacy Preserving Analytics (P-PPA) module has the goal of allowing data analysts and stakeholders to extract useful information from the raw data while preserving the privacy of the users whose data is in the datasets. It leverages concepts like Differential Privacy and K-Anonymity so that data can be processed and shared while guaranteeing privacy for the users
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July 21st - 12:00 cest: ZERO PARTY DATA. How to build a PIMs System and how to Benefit from EU PIMCity Project"
The aim of this workshop is highlight key elements of PIMS and how they can help data buyers and advertisers in its daily operations. Explain what the PIMCity project consists of, explain the overall operation of the PIMS platform(EasyPIMS) and the different development kits (SDKs) that will be made available to the industry for its use