A Human-Centric Paradigm to Personal Data Empowerment

MyData Global

MyData Global is an award winning international non-profit with a mission to empower individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data. The human-centric paradigm is aimed at a fair, sustainable, and prosperous digital society, where the sharing of personal data is based on trust as well as balanced and fair relationship between individuals and organisations.

MyData Global has close to 100 organization members and 400 individual members from over 40 countries, on six continents. It facilitates the 2000+ strong MyData Global community working on the ethical use of personal data.


Join us to create real change in how data is managed

Individuals and organizations can join MyData Global and allocate membership fees to MyData Canada Hub to support our projects and activities.

You are not required to become a MyData Global member to join our hub’s activities. We welcome you to join our next bi-weekly call if you are not sure where to start.

Meet some of our amazing hub members:

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Becoming an essential voice of technological and social change

MyData Canada is a local presence of MyData Global. We are committed to disseminating, contextualizing and operationalizing MyData Global principles in Canada through advocacy and education, through ready solutions and through companies aligned with our security/privacy values.

Our vision is to become an essential voice of technological and social change that impacts the data rights of all Canadians and influences the national debate where policy, technology, education, and business intersect.


Unite Communities Who Share the Same Values

We facilitate the creation of a MyData ecosystem in Canada by engaging with organizations in privacy and data protection, data surveillance, digital identity and security as members or partners.

Champion data rights and awareness in Canada

We leverage knowledge and best practices available through MyData Global to educate and empower Canadians to make conscious and informed decisions about their personal data and data rights.

Influence Business, Legal, Tech & Civic Communities

We contribute to policy and law reform. We want to be a lead example, and prioritize the use of privacy-preserving solutions and promote businesses and technology that champion privacy.

Consultation: strengthening privacy protections in Ontario

We are responding to the call for public consultation on Ontario Privacy Law Reform for Private Sector to share our proposed strategy and recommendations for developing a robust, yet balanced, regulatory framework that protects privacy, enables businesses, and fosters digital innovation and responsible data sharing.
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MyData Canada DEPA Submission to Global Affairs Canada

MyData Canada applauds Canada's efforts to accede to the Digital Economic Partnership Agreement (DEPA) initiated by Chile, New Zealand and Singapore. In our submission, we draw on our operational and technological expertise to propose concrete ways to improve the DEPA text so it can achieve its aims of digital inclusion, privacy protection, accelerated innovation and adoption.
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Submission to MGCS: Modernizing Privacy in Ontario

The government’s recently announced digital and data strategy supports Ontarians with skills and rights to fully thrive in an increasingly digital environment. Canada has announced privacy as a fundamental right to control the personal data individuals share, with whom, when and for what purpose. MyData Canada provided key recommendations to address current weaknesses in the bill.
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Community Events

MyData Canada Monthly Community Meetings

The first Thursday of every month, MyData Canada hosts an open presentation from an entrepreneur or expert from the privacy and personal data space. The call is open for anyone to join and will be recorded for further circulation unless we have presenters who request us to not record. You can access recordings of previous events here.

Our upcoming call on June 2, 2022 will have Johannes Ernst from Indie Computing talk about how he has been building the UBOS Mesh to help consumers manage their data. Under recent data rights laws (like GDPR and CCPA), consumers now have a right to get a copy of their data from businesses that have it. Few people exercise this right, because just how useful is receiving a pile of JSON or CSV files? The UBOS Personal Data Mesh is user-controlled software made to import that data, to make sense of it, to store it in an integrated semantic graph and to run a variety of locally running apps on it. UBOS Mesh is building a community that thinks putting all their data in the hands of the user is transformational as it helps us all to establish our own "digital homestead” from where we can reacquire agency, privacy and form better relationships with businesses that are data-rich but not exploitative.

News and Updates

Top-Down: Using the Law to Achieve Digital Equality

Diversity in Privacy (DiP) and MyData Global explored efforts to use law and policy to shape a more equitable digital future, with privacy playing a key role. Hessie Jones, Co-founding member of MyData Canada moderated the session. Speakers include Erinn D. Martin and David Brody from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Antti 'Jogi' Poikola, Chair of MyData Global, Teki Akuetteh Falconer, Founder of Africa Digital Rights' Hub.

Feel free to reach out if you want to learn more or have any inquiries.