MyData operators

MyData operators, as described in the white paper Understanding MyData Operators, are providers of infrastructure for human-centric personal data management. MyData operators provide interoperability at the technical, informational and governance levels to support the flow of personal data across services. They are examples of a human-centric approach to what the recent EU data strategy calls “novel data intermediaries” and which are set to play a critical role in the provision of the strategy’s vision of data spaces.

Below you can find the 23 organisations who were awarded the status of a MyData Operator 2020 in July or Oct 2020, as well as the white paper “Understanding the MyData operators”, which defines and introduces the MyData operator concept further.

The application form for the third round of MyData operator self-description and awards will open on 4th November at


The MyData Operator 2020 Award recognises operators of human-centric infrastructure for personal data management and sharing. It acknowledges organisations that place the individual at the centre of personal data about them, ensuring that they are the prime beneficiary of the use of this data and providing tools to help them manage personal data.

Organisations applying for MyData Operator 2020 status are required to demonstrate how they create agency for human-centric data control, and how the data and value flows in their ecosystems. To be considered for the award, these organisations must show how their services have the potential to interoperate with data sources, data using services, and each other.

Read the Terms of Reference of the MyData Operator Award 2020 here.


These 7 organisations were awarded the status of a MyData Operator 2020 in Oct 2020.



The third call for applications for MyData Operator 2020 opens up on the November 4th 2020, and further information will be announced here:


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Understanding MyData Operators focuses on practical aspects of technology and governance to make the operation of infrastructures for personal data easier and more human-centric, with the goal of establishing full interoperability between operators.

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The paper is a foundation for a roadmap towards a human-centric personal data infrastructure. In a collaborative effort of 34 experts and supported by 48 personal data operators from 15 countries, a joint starting point for interoperability was established. See the “proto-operators” featured in the paper below.

Following up on the MyData vision published in 2015, MyData operators enable sharing of personal data across services where the use of data is transparent and controlled by individuals. As providers of infrastructure for personal data management, they are the key party in creating sustainable ecosystems for fair and ethical use of personal data. 


Joss Langford at the MyData 2019 Conference

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About the paper

The paper was created by the MyData Operators Thematic Group, whose core purpose is to develop the definition and processes associated with the MyData Operator. 

Memorandum of Understanding

Together with the operator white paper the thematic group will publish at this site and maintain a list of “proto-operators” that have committed to collaboration towards interoperability by signing the Proto-operator MoU.

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If you would like to learn more, or are interested in joining our community, you can find us in the MyData Slack and on regular online meetings.

MyData proto-operators

For the white paper, the group studied examples of products, services and organisations that are in one way or another performing or supporting the role of an operator in personal data ecosystems. These actors come in many forms and under many different names: personal data services, personal information management services (PIMS), fiduciaries, and data banks.

The term ‘proto-operator’ is used collectively to refer to these existing organisations that are in reality creating what we will later learn to know as MyData operators. So the “proto” refers to “first, source, parent, preceding, earliest form, original, basic” as the Greek etymology suggests.

For the white paper, we compiled the list of 48 proto-operators from 15 countries. The list is by no means exhaustive, rather it is illustrative and reflective of the methodology of this paper. During our work on the paper, we approached organisations that we knew could qualify as ‘proto-operators’. We requested them to read and comment on the paper draft and subsequently indicate if they wished to be included as proto-operators in the final version. We here only mention those who explicitly responded to the request. There are many others which we do not know of yet and some who did not react to our initial request.

Get a quick insight to the white paper from this webinar

Get a quick insight to the white paper from this webinar held on 19 May 2020.