The founders of the Personal Data Coalition have been talking about personal data and privacy-friendly laws and technology since 1980. In the 1990’s, Richard Truex, a Director of MIS at a major St. Louis hospital, had just prototyped the Personal Database™ (a revolutionary redesign of information management using a non-relational database technology) developing an Electronic Medical Health record.
Dave Hough, an early evangelist for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), was at the same time pondering the security of business transactions over value added networks. The level of conversation continued into the 1990’s with the introduction of HIPAA and rising concerns generated by the abuses of Internet and the deluge of Internet- generated SPAM. Seeing no opposition to the one-sidedness of the cyber industry’s vendors we decided to speak out for the “little guy” and launched the Personal Data Coalition in 2010, web site and all.
The conversation has never stopped.