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New open source business tools based on PIMS

Development of Personal Information Management Systems

Business Announcement

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Researchers from the European project, in which the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) participates, have made a set of tools available to the public in order to create solutions for entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs to develop businesses based on personal data.

The development kit (PDK), publicly presented on 28 January during International Data Privacy Day, is free and has been financed by the European Union’s H2020 programme. The proposed solutions allow companies to adapt to the new European data regulations and strategy.

The EU's data protection strategy is setting an example for the rest of the world in terms of legislation and innovation. Its current priorities include promoting the development of products and services based on personal data which the user has control over. To do this, it is necessary to have a regulatory framework, accompanied by policies and tools that facilitate its implementation.

"PIMCITY's PDK offers companies the tools to exploit user data in a respectful way”, says one of the researchers participating in the project, Rubén Cuevas, from the UC3M Telematics Engineering Department. is a project that develops the PIMS (Personal Information Management Systems) philosophy in a practical way and in which, in addition to UC3M, the Internet Users Association (AUI), IAB Spain, IMDEA Networks, Telefónica and other European partners participate. As Pérez Subías, president of the AUI, explains: "The PIMS philosophy allows individuals to manage, control their data, know by who, how and what their data is used for, know the value they generate and share the benefits".

Through this PDK you can store personal data, manage consents, know the value of the data, import, export or anonymise data sets. Its use is free, all software is open source and it is available in the PIMCity GitLab repository.

The PIMCity project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 871370. In addition to UC3M, the Internet Users Association, Ermes Cyber Security, Fastweb, IAB Spain, IMDEA Networks, NEC, Ku Leuven CiTiP, LS Tech, Politecnico di Torino, Taptap, Telefónica and Wibson participate in the project.

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