May 19, 2022

New Report: “Access My Info Measuring Data Access Rights Around the World”

From The Citizen Lab/University of Toronto:

In 2014, the Citizen Lab and Open Effect started Access My Info (AMI) a research project that uses data access requests and complementary policy, legal, and technical methods to learn about how private companies collect, retain, process, and disclose individuals’ personal data. Accompanying the research methodology is a web-based tool that helps members of the public generate data access requests based on templates tailored to different industries.

AMI was first applied in Canada and resulted in tens of thousands of Canadians making DARs to telecommunication companies. The results of the study showed inconsistent responses across companies and documented consumers experiencing in significant barriers to accessing their data.

Following the first AMI project in Canada, the Citizen Lab formed a working group to bring the research method to Asia and comparatively measure responses to DARs across the region. The working group includes academics, lawyers, advocates, and designers working in five jurisdictions:

🇭🇰Hong Kong: Lokman Tsui (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Stuart Hargraves (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Keyboard Frontline (advocacy organization, Hong Kong), InMedia (media group, Hong Kong),  Jason Li (Designer, Hong Kong)
🇰🇷South Korea:  Kelly Kim (OpenNet Korea), KS Park (Korea University)
🇦🇺Australia: Adam Molnar (University of Waterloo / Deakin University)
🇮🇩Indonesia: Sinta Dewi Rosadi (University of Padjadjaran)
🇲🇾Malaysia: Sonny Zulhuda (International Islamic University Malaysia)
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