Stories of data breaches and data misuse are out of control; a weekly if not daily occurrence.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web never envisaged the problems we have today;
the web has evolved into an engine of inequity and division; swayed by powerful forces who use it for their own agendas. Today, I believe we’ve reached a critical tipping point, and that powerful change for the better is possible — and necessary
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Inventor of the World Wide Web
At Revoke, we believe in a fairer internet, where you have control of your personal data, where it is kept safe and protected by the most advanced levels of encryption, and where you can choose whether to monetise your data or not.
We are not alone in our thinking, will.i.am maybe known to some for his music, however he is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global AI Committee and an honorary fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in Britain, has this to say:
We need to own our data as a human right—and be compensated for it. […] Tomorrow’s entrepreneurs will create virtuous companies that honour people’s data. They will make use of my data with my consent but I will always own it.
Founder and chairman of I.AM+, member of the World Economic Forum’s Global AI Committee
The good news is, tomorrow has arrived.
We have created Revoke to help you to exercise your data protection rights and reset the balance of power on the internet.
Revoke also helps organisations to be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Most organisations have difficulty with at least one of the following;
Legally identifying, verifying and recording the subject (person) making the request, without causing an organisation further data issues (e.g. storing a scan of a photo ID) can be challenging if identity verification is not a core capability of that organisation. For example, in many cases organisations are asking only for a booking reference and a surname to respond to Data Subject Access Requests (DSAR) when additional information should be requested to confirm the subject is in fact the person making the request.
Many organisations request “evidence” such as a scanned passport, driver’s licence, or national ID card. Not only is email insecure by its very nature (responses to DSARs are also insecure if provided by email) but does not help in identifying a subject on its own. Only by using credible biometric technologies in conjunction with a national Photo ID could a copy of a passport be used to accurately identify a subject.
All requests should be responded to within 4 weeks. If manual human intervention is required, it is likely that this period is going to be at risk. It is not possible to scale a manual solution to the same extent as an automated solution.
We are launching very soon – to find out more about our services for businesses, or to be first in line to use Revoke, please contact us.
We take security seriously which is why we’ve been assessed and certified for addressing cybersecurity effectively and mitigating the risk from Internet-based threats.