Bits of Freedom launches tool for users to request data

Bits of Freedom has unveiled a new service that allows everyone to request their details from companies, institutions and the government. According to the European Privacy Act, GDPR is obliged to give access to this data. The service, My Data Done Right, can be used as of today.

The aim of the civil rights organisation is to give users more control over their data. It is also necessary to make it easier for them to make use of their rights under privacy legislation.

The GDPR entered into force in Europe five months ago. Legislation requires companies and governments to disclose what information they have about a user, what they do with it, and with whom it is shared, following a user’s request. Companies that do not comply with this are at risk of being fined.


Access to the data should make it clear which data were collected for which purposes and with whom they were shared. The service can also be used to correct, delete and export data. The service consists of a database with contact details of more than a thousand companies, government institutions and other organisations, according to Bits of Freedom.

As a user, a number of questions need to be filled in first. This concerns which institution is involved, how this institution can possibly be known to the user and how the request should be sent – by e-mail or by post. The request can then be sent in.

By law, organizations have one month to respond. The service also lets users send reminders if there is no response.

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.