Introducing Fair Custodian

For those of you who don’t know us, the Fair Custodian team consists of four people who share a passion for data. We are tired of how personal data is processed and shared without the person’s explicit consent. We possess the skills and experience to be able to redefine how personal data is handled during everyday interactions online. So we created Fair Custodian and we’ve been fortunate enough to be accepted on the world renowned Ignite pre-accelerator programme, based in our home city of Newcastle.

The Fair Custodian team (L-R): Saul Gowens (COO), Ben Fielding (CEO), Jake Cowton (CSO) & Jay Snee (CTO)

Finding out what people think about Privacy

We recently published a survey about data privacy (this one to be precise). We’ve laid out the results below for you to explore and we’ve now also created another one, which we hope you’ll fill out too (there’s a link at the bottom of this post)! Complete it and you can help us deplete our bank account for some good causes.

What people have told us

The first stage of our work was to understand how people feel about their data, how companies use it and what they actually do to change things. The scariest thing we came across from the survey was the lack of password managers, and that people were quite willing to actually share how they built their password (e.g. mother’s maiden name + date of birth), despite us not asking! The most interesting thing we found was the extreme lengths people would go to create new emails when signing up to services rather than use their existing email addresses.

70% of people say their personal data is something they are concerned about

Our first survey was the initial step towards creating an ecosystem that will allow everyone to safely manage access to and the sharing of their personal data. The next step we’re taking is to launch a beta of our first product. We support the work of a large range of privacy advocacy organisations (Open Rights Group & EFF to name two) but we also understand that the wheels of industry must keep turning. People will always be making cool, new stuff and other people will always want to buy it. Connecting those two groups of people requires the transfer of personal information and we want to make sure that happens in the most fair, transparent, and secure way possible. We’ve planned a long term roadmap of technologies and services; which include machine learning backed intelligent email management for individuals, single sign-on authentication for e-commerce platforms, and the creation of a marketplace where people can share data and directly benefit when it’s sold. That said, we do appreciate the need to start small and we’d like you to help us shape our first product.

Launching the beta

This product, enables you to register for 3rd party sites and services using a disposable, private email address instead of sharing your personal one. You can create as many of these disposable email addresses as you wish. Our platform will receive any messages sent to the disposable accounts and you can access them via our website without them clogging up your personal inbox.

You can sign up for the beta here.

Cheers,

Jake, Ben, Saul, and Jay

Fair Custodian is building a platform to create a new type of relationship between consumers and businesses. A relationship based on trust, transparency, and personal empowerment. To find out more about us, check us out at www.faircustodian.com.