Companies in the Personal Data Ecosystem Space

Update: The Personal Data Ecosystem Startup Circle is full of amazing companies.

Today at the Round Table on Do Not Track people were asking me what all the startups in the space are. For expedience a lot of the descriptions are drawn from the companies own websites. We will work on keeping this updated and write better descriptions in the coming week.

This post is cross posted on the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium Site.

Data Storage,  Collection and Sharing

Mydex is a Community Interest Company based in the UK that has begun a community prototype that connects individuals’ personal data store accounts to local government agencies. has raised 7 million in venture funding and although it does not yet have any services their website articulates clearly how personal data under the control of the user is valuable.

Singly Jeremy Miller’s startup to build 3rd and 4th party apps based on data from data stores build using the Locker Project code base an open source project for collating, securing and sharing personal data .

Statz is a startup that supports you pulling in your information from different service providers including Mobile phone record, Energy and utility records, Health and fitness, Shopping and payment, Transportation.  Statz gives you instructions on how to go into your mobile carrier or electric company and export your statements – often this involves a dozen steps and is very labor intensive – not something easy or that everyone will do.

Greplin Does Personal Cloud SearchWhen people set up their accounts they give the service access to a range of accounts – LinkedIn, Gmail, Basecamp, Flickr, etc. Then you use their engine to search across them.

Backupify is an all-in-one archiving, search and restore service for the most popular online services including Google Apps, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa and more.

Switchbook helps manage user-driven searches across multiple search providers and websites, creating a powerful new way to explicitly express search intent anywhere on the Internet.  Joe Andrieu

Trust Fabric provides Vendor Relationship Management (VRM) infrastructure. Businesses use CRM to manage customer relationships, while VRM lets individuals manage their relationships with businesses. TrustFabric writes Open Source software and gives customers a platform to represent their side of the VRM+CRM relationship. TrustFabric is based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Allow helps you to stop unwanted marketing and to get in control of the way your data is used.

Cloud Inc Consortium for Local Ownership and Use of Data, Inc.  A non-profit technology standard consortia started in early 2009 that believes that a new era of ME 1.0 is at hand, an era that looks beyond Web 2.0, while simultaneously looking to the founding principles of the Internet as the solution to many of today’s most vexing issues of privacy, security and data.

Data Inherit DataInherit online safes from Switzerland offer individuals around the world highly secure online storage for passwords and digital documents. You can access your online safe using any Internet browser or an iPhone from anywhere and at any time. In addition the unique data inheritance functionality will protect your data in emergency situations. Simple and convenient.

Just Added: Qiy (Netherlands) Qiy is an independent and secure ‘utility’, which enables an individual to create an intelligent personal domain online, thereby giving individuals control, overview and insight in their data. In collaboration with world-renowned technology partners Qiy develops -with a communal objective- an independent and secure platform. With this platform Qiy creates a ‘digital home’ for the online user.

Just Added: Diaspora (social network vertical) You own your pictures, and you shouldn’t have to give that up just to share them. You maintain ownership of everything you share on Diaspora, giving you full control over how it’s distributed.

Just Added: MyCube

Just Added: Tripit (travel vertical)

Just Added: Dopplr (travel vertical)

New Application Building and Design Tools

Kynetx is developing a new language that looks at data from personal data stores and public datasets and can do real time matching based on rule sets created by the individual to surface relevant content.

Emancipay EmanciPay is a relationship management and voluntary payment framework in which buyers and sellers can present to each other the requirements and options by which they are willing to engage, or are already engaging. Including choices concerning payment, preference, policies.

Open Source Projects

The Higgins Project

Project Danube

The Locker Project

The MINE! Project

Just Added: Freedom Box

Project Nori

Industry Initatives

Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium – this is where you are now.  Led by Kaliya Hamlin long time end-user advocate known as Identity Woman and emerging out of the community at the Internet Identity Workshop.  Let us know if you want to be more involved – here.

Project VRM at Harvard led by Doc Searls focused on developing Vendor Relationship Management Tool

World Economic Forum Rethinking Personal Information effort – limited links online to this – there is a video from this latest forum.

Personal Data 2.0 analysis area of STL Partners


Internet Identity Workshop – May 3-5, Mountain View

ID Collaboration Day – Febuary 14th in San Francisco

New Digital Economics – Personal Data Ecosystem Deep Dive Day – April 7th, San Francisco

Kynetx Impact


  1. says

    You might want to take a look at the first Social Network based on Privacy by Design: – an alternative for users who prefer a more focused way to share & an identity management service allowing the use of pseudonyms. We missed it on your list… :)

    We believe that more meaningful relationships are the future of social media.
    – with the host-proof approach we make sure we don’t know that data in the first place.
    – pidder can be used completely anonymously
    – we do not record the IP addresses of our users, not even in the log files.
    – each user can completely delete their own data whenever they want.
    – the default is always maximum privacy.
    – all communication is encrypted.
    – the own data can be categorized according to its confidentiality.
    – the own contacts can be assigned into groups according to the trust I put into them.
    – sharing data always requires explicit user interaction.
    – we have no interest, commercial or otherwise, in our user’s data. This we guarantee in our Terms & Conditions.

  2. says

    Kaliya, FYI, the open source TAS3 project ( is engineering an end2end Trust Assurance (e2ETA) framework with 13M € in EU funding over a 3 year period ending in 2011.

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