Cozy Cloud is a “personal cloud” that enables its users to gather all their data on a personal server. This unification of data allows them to benefit from integrated and interrelated services and synchronize them with their other connected devices (laptop, tablet, smartphone, thermostats, etc.).
In this secured personal space, users can install applications from a dedicated market place, in a single click. These apps are capable of crossing data locally and thus ensuring total confidentiality (as all data remains within the user’s own server). This is the opposite of Google or Facebook’s data model – where each individual’s data is held by third parties with conflicting interests. Cozy’s innovative architecture allows the user to benefit from mutualised services while retaining the data locally, and therefore in complete security.
Cozy Cloud is a ‘Personal Cloud’ that the user can either run at home, on his own hardware (e.g. Raspberry Pi or Pine64), or run through a trusted third party: a hosting company, a bank, or telecommunications provider, who provide Cozy Cloud along with their original services. The trick is that the user can move in a few clicks his personal cloud from one hosting server to another. Cozy is not, however, a network hard drive, such as home NAS servers offered by Synology & Co. Network hard drives are static data storage devices, and offer no additional services.
Cozy’s ambition is to make personal cloud a mass-market solution. Much in the same way that the “computer” became a “personal computer” in the late 70’s, it ambitions to make the “cloud” a “personal cloud” in the next few years. This shift is the only possible answer to the increasing privacy concerns, while continuing to tap the benefits of big data and mutualised services.
The EU’s general data protection regulation (GDPR), is just under one year away and expands the rights of EU citizens around privacy and protection of personal data.
Among other things, it requires that companies maintain adequate data records, disclose data breaches and increase opt-out options. Heavy fines are on the table for companies that do not comply.
We asked MEF members and experts the wider mobile, legal and data industries to give us their thoughts on GDPR readiness, the implications for consumer privacy and whether or not they view the forthcoming legislation as an opportunity. Here’s what they said…
Tristan Nitot, Chief Product Officer at MEF Member Cozy Cloud, discusses how ambiguous language in the impending GDPR regulation may impede the use of APIs in allowing the portability of consumer data – and how organisations, including MEF, are helping to ensure the guidelines specifically reference them as a matter of urgency.
Portability of personal data is a major topic for the digital future. In order to make sure it’s effective, it needs to happen by relying on APIs!
Benjamin Andre, Co-Founder & CEO from MEF Member and personal data specialist Cozy Cloud shares insights into how the notion of ownership in the world of connected devices is changing.
The things you own end up owning you: the buddhist idea has never been truer than in the case of Internet-connected objects. What do we actually own when we buy a smartphone, a smart fridge, an ebook on Kindle? The smart device is currently killing the notion of ownership.
No one disputes the TV, PC, Internet and mobile changed consumer lives. Every year, analysts share their predictions for the “next 10 big things” set to disrupt our world – from AI and AR to driverless cars to blockchain. But what can now really achieve mass-adoption and change consumer lives?
In 2016 much attention has been given to the Personal Data Economy – from Governments and regulators, to enterprises and developers all see the potential and the benefits.
Here we’ve collected the thoughts of some of the MEF members that are active in the debate.