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

Edafe Onerhime edafe at ekoner.com
Fri Jun 19 05:07:11 UTC 2015

Hi Aleksi

That's an interesting site and interesting initiative. I can't comments on
if it could work in the UK but it does bring to mind a similar initiative I
collaborated on at Open Data Camp.

Gaia Marcus <https://twitter.com/la_gaia> asked how to create the "perfect"
FOI request <http://odcamp.org.uk/crowdsourcing-the-perfect-foi-request/> -
part of that was crowdsourcing FOI contacts. Would a similar methodology
to Gaia's and what do they know <https://www.whatdotheyknow.com> work here?

>From a personal point of view, I'd be reluctant to have a third party
receive my personal data but I'd be happy to have it sent to me by post or
secure transmission. If the third party could broker payment, that could be
useful (where required, good customer service in my experience, means
information is free).

All the best,


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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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