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April 2012 William Yasnoff introduces MyDataCan™ to health IT insiders as a health record bank. Harvard's Data Privacy Lab launching health record bank. NHINWatch, April 17, 2012. and Why Harvard's Health Record Bank could be a turning point. Government Health IT. April 20, 2012. (Click on an image below to view article.)

April 2012 Testing on MyDataCan™ 2.0 began, with rollouts of additional kinds of data and increased number of users scheduled for the coming months.

December 2011 MyDataCan™ Architecture 2.0 done. This new architecture covers the full vision of MyDataCan™ in which personal information is doubly encrypted, so that even MyDataCan™ staff cannot know the contents of the information stored there. Revealing the contents requires the MyDataCan™ password and a password held by an owner of the can (usually the data subject), thereby providing strong privacy protection. The new architecture also updated the user interface, introduced new data models to accommodate the broad spectrum of data supported, not just health data, and incorporated API's for app development and data providers. (Click on image below to enlarge.)

August 2011 Live demonstration of MyDataCan™'s basic functionality is available at MyDataCan.org. The demonstration leverages Indivo™, which was developed at Harvard Medical School and was the first personally controlled health record. (Click on image below to enlarge.)

July 2011 Over the last two years, Dr. Latanya Sweeney, the founder and Director of the Data Privacy Lab, now a program in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University, has been working with faculty and researchers across Harvard Schools (FAS, SEAS, Medical School, Law School) and MIT to establish a publicly available service that would operate as a living lab for research on consumer engagement and empowerment over personal data. Research aims include developing and studying notions of "personal access control" and "privacy-preserving marketplaces" as mechanisms for data sharing, and assessing privacy and privacy governance when data subjects directly participate in data sharing arrangements.

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