Midata sharing scheme must be mandatory for all firms claims MP

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MPs are being urged to vote through changes to a new bill that would create a framework to give consumers more rights over their personal data.

MiData websiteStella Creasy, the Labour & Co-operative MP for Walthamstow wants to breathe new life into the Government's voluntary Midata project - aimed at making sure consumers have more control over the data companies and public sector organisations hold on them - by making it a legal requirement.

She said: "There's a growing field of work around big data and what you can do with data in general. So far it's been dominated by what it means for companies and government, but there's been very little about what it would mean for citizens - how we can find ways to access our own data and collaborate with each other."

The amendments she is proposing say that the Government needs to make regulations that require all regulated bodies to provide customer data to individuals, enable third parties to make requests for customer data (if consent is given by the data owner) and ensure that the data is provided in a form that is accessible so they can make informed decisions about purchases of services.

It asks the Government to make sure that companies and public bodies recognise that data about a consumer should be owned by the consumer. "We hope to unlock the capacity of data to help citizens. Both private companies and public organisations add value to data, analysing it. But it has to be a two way relationship - we should benefit too."

She is urging people to tell their MPs to vote in favour of the amendments this week. "We are not saying we have the answers. But we are saying we need to act," she added.