Today I’m happy to announce the publication of the Access My Info software design document. This document described in detail the thought that went into developing AMI. It outlines: our original objectives for the tool, new goals for the version we released last year, a description of the conceptual model underlying the application, some of… Read more »
Access to Information
We can't make decisions without understanding the situation. That's one of the reasons why access to information is such an essential right in today's world. Companies like Google, Faceook, and Acxiom know a great deal of things about most people using the Internet. People have legal rights to understand what personal data is being held about them. Open Effect wants to empower people to obtain that access.
Access My Info (AMI) is a web application that helps people to create justified requests for copies of their personal information from service providers. AMI is a step-by-step wizard that results in the generation of a personalized formal letter requesting access to the information a provider stores and utilizes about a person. The letter can be saved as a PDF, printed, and mailed through the post, or where available, directly emailed to a company’s privacy officer.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has just announced Open Effect as one of the funding recipients of its Community Investment Program.
This post provides a summary of early findings associated with Canadians creating right to information requests using the Access My Info tool. The full version of these findings is to be published in the Winston Report.
Collaborating with Dr. Christopher Parsons, we’ve written an article for the Winston Report, a privacy-focused quarterly magazine published by the Privacy and Access Council of Canada. The article presents an analysis of responses consumers received to their right to information requests sent to Canadian telecommunications service providers through our Access my Info tool. You may download a pre-publication version of the article from the SSRN Repository.