Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee launches Solid privacy platform for enterprises

Solid’s early adopters include the BBC, NHS and NatWest Bank

Inrupt, a startup launched by World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, has revealed an enterprise version of its Solid privacy platform.

Designed with scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Solid allows users to create Personal Online Data Stores (Pods). Solid Pods enable users to grant third-party apps access to their data instead of allowing companies to store and manage their data for them.

“It’s going to drive groundbreaking new opportunities that not only restore trust in data but also enhance our lives,” said Berners-Lee.

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is a Solid early adopter. It allows patients to store personal medical data and information from smart-device-based health apps in Pods. Patients can then grant doctors, family members and at-home caregivers access to select data within the Pods. Caregivers, family members and patients can also add caretaking notes or observations that doctors can use to improve patient care.

Other Solid early adopters include the BBC, NatWest Bank and the Government of Flanders in Belgium. 

John Bruce, Inrupt CEO, wrote in a blog post, “The NHS is empowering patients with their own medical data to improve people’s health and lower care costs. The BBC and NatWest are finding that a user-centered approach to trust and data opens doors to smarter service delivery. And the Flanders government is about to prove that Solid can transform an entire citizen experience.”

Berners-Lee has grown concerned with big tech exploiting its users and their data in the past few years.

In 2018, Berners-Lee wrote, “Today, I believe we’ve reached a critical tipping point, and that powerful change for the better is possible — and necessary.” He continued: “Solid changes the current model where users have to hand over personal data to digital giants in exchange for perceived value.”

Featured Resources

Unleashing the power of AI initiatives with the right infrastructure

What key infrastructure requirements are needed to implement AI effectively?

Download now

Achieve today. Plan tomorrow. Making the hybrid multi-cloud journey

A Veritas webinar on implementing a hybrid multi-cloud strategy

Download now

A buyer’s guide for cloud-based phone solutions

Finding the right phone system for your modern business

Download now

The workers' experience report

How technology can spark motivation, enhance productivity and strengthen security

Download now

Recommended

TikTok vulnerability exposed private user data
data protection

TikTok vulnerability exposed private user data

26 Jan 2021
United Nations suffers potential data breach
data breaches

United Nations suffers potential data breach

11 Jan 2021
Google sets a date for Chrome extension privacy revamp
web browser

Google sets a date for Chrome extension privacy revamp

10 Dec 2020
Biden team signals president-elect may target Section 230 and data privacy
Policy & legislation

Biden team signals president-elect may target Section 230 and data privacy

4 Dec 2020

Most Popular

How to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD
operating systems

How to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD

21 Jan 2021
Hackers are actively exploiting three Apple iOS flaws
exploits

Hackers are actively exploiting three Apple iOS flaws

27 Jan 2021
16 ways to speed up your laptop
Laptops

16 ways to speed up your laptop

26 Jan 2021