[MyData & Open Data] Tool for subject access requests - would it work in the UK?

Reuben Binns r at reubenbinns.com
Thu Jun 18 13:26:49 UTC 2015

Dear Aleksi,

This is something I and various others have been thinking about doing
for a while. The first group to do this as far as I know is the Dutch
digital rights group Bits of Freedom - see https://pim.bof.nl/

We began working on a UK version at the last Open Rights Group hack day
but didn't get very far.


The main difficulty is that if you host such a service, you will
probably become a data controller. If you're up for that and the
responsibilities it involves, I'd say go for it!


On Thu, 2015-06-18 at 12:00 +0000,
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> Dear all,
> I've been inspired by a service that exists in Germany for making requests
> for personal data from public and private organisations, namely
> selbstauskunft.net, which appears to have made a significant impact. The
> same rights to data exist throughout the EU, and as I'm sure you know in
> the UK it goes by the name of subject access requests. Does anyone know
> whether there has been an attempt to create a good tool for making the
> process easier in the UK, or whether there is a substantial reason it
> wouldn't work here? Germany has the benefit that one request per year is
> free, while most organisations in the UK want cheques. I know there have
> been some calls for such a service before, for instance here:
> http://ideas.okfn.org/ideas/358/give-me-my-data-online-crowd-sourcing-platform/
> Very best wishes,
> Aleksi
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