Data Trusts: Group Privacy as Control?

Event date
15 March 2023
Event time
13:00 - 14:00
Oxford week
HT 9
LIVE ONLINE please register below

Joe Massey, Kieron O’Hara

Data Trusts: Group Privacy as Control?

New models of data governance have been championed in recent years. Against a backdrop of concerns about tech monopolies and Big Data analytics, data trusts, data commons and data collectives are among the terms used for various proposed ways of allowing ordinary people more informed control over their personal information.

Even if these models are responses to the same problem, they aim at very different solutions. Some seek to increase participation in governance by giving data subjects a direct say in how information is used. Others seek to increase trust, but hand decision-making over to an appropriate intermediary. There appears to be no clear consensus as to whether ‘privacy’ means control over one’s information, or just restrictions on its access.

This webinar considers the ultimate ‘good’ that these structures—proposed and actual—should serve, and the extent to which the law can support these aims.

We welcome attendees to join and contribute to the discussions.


Joe Massey is a Senior Researcher at the Open Data Institute. He specialises on topics of data stewardship and participatory data, and leads on research for the data institutions programme at the ODI.

Kieron O’Hara is an Emeritus Fellow in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. His book The Seven Veils of Privacy: How Debates About Privacy Conceal its Nature will be published in 2023 by Manchester University Press.


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