personal data

Personally identifiable information (PII), or sensitive personal information (SPI), as used in information security and privacy laws, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context.


Larisa Blazic is a London-based artist, feminist hacker and educator. She is currently artist in residence at the DECODE project.


Two pilots are being developed and tested in the Netherlands that make use of 'attribute-based credentials'. What are these?


In recent months, the municipality of Amsterdam has experimented with new forms of digital identity and the sharing of personal data.


For the fifth consecutive year '123456' and 'password' remain the most popular worst passwords of the year. Do we never learn?


The Chinese government is experimenting with a social credit system, which sounds terrifying. But if you look closer, Europe & the U.S. are showing similar trends.


The privacy policies of none of 14 large tech companies, such as Facebook, Google or Amazon, meet the new European privacy law yet.


For one night Waag was turned into a privacy casino. Hannah reports on the Black Box Bellagio.


Just before the event 'DECODE: Data commons & the city' in Amsterdam, Evgeny Morozov wrote an opinion article in the Dutch newspaper nrc. We give you a quote.


Stories about personal data - many of which may feature your own personal data - are hitting the headlines daily, from the Equifax data breach and hacking of T-Mobile, to the hundreds of pages of data stored by Tinder about each of its users.


Are you looking for the right tools and expertise for your plan to decentralise data management? Register now for the DECODE challenge, and you could win 500 hours of software development and support to take your idea further. Tell us your idea, the problems you face, and how we can help.


The first Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) in Ukraine was organized by TechSoup Europe, Fundament and the Civil Network OPORA.


Een nieuwe interactieve censuurkaart van IVPN geeft een overzicht van de wereldwijde situatie. Door op een land te klikken krijg je snel inzicht waar de vrije meningsuiting online in het geding is en waar critici de mond wordt gesnoerd.


How does a seventeen year old look at issues like collecting (personal) data and privacy?


In my quest to find out what the government knows about its citizens, I found a large number of organisations and databases that I did not know that they existed. Mapping those databases is a time consuming task, that will keep me busy for some time. But certainly the government does not host al data itself. Many of our personal data collected by companies and the digital trail that we leave on the Internet is also of interest.


The Dutch Public transport chip card that turns into a bank card or mobile phone that allows you to pay afterwards (and collects all your travel data along the way), or the data of UK patients being uploaded to the servers of Google. Not a single day passes or there are topics in the field of technology that touch our privacy.


Put the settings of Facebook and WhatsApp together and you can easily conclude that this leads to an even greater insight and use of your personal data.


With our computers and mobile devices we are generating a huge amount of data, even by just being connected to mobile networks and the internet. Governments and companies are very interested in our data and approriate our data without our explicit consent. One way to raise awareness of the possible technical solutions to protect yourself online is organizing a so-called CryptoParty.