The state of affairs when talking about data
Data scandal after data scandal, companies who know more about you than your best friends, manipulated elections, innocent people losing their homes due to incorrect credit calculations, and others who are randomly made terror suspects by algorithms. Even our children’s harmless youthful sins can’t turn yellow in Mum's photo box anymore, but follow them forever.
Leaving our innermost thoughts to companies that defy control is more than naive. There’s no option for zero data creation if you want to participate in digital life — and even so, gaps in your data may be filled with assumptions. Nationalisation isn’t a solution either — no state should have such power over its citizens.
So what do citizens want in the digital age? Secure and convenient digital products. Companies that pay taxes in their home countries. Local businesses that have a fair chance. In short, citizens want the benefits of digitisation, without the costs.
The revival of the co-operative
We’re different from other big digital companies because we don’t see our customers as products. We neither collect nor sell the data of our users — we don’t even know what it is. Instead, we want to provide good services. That's why we've decided to split our business into two parts, so there aren’t any potential conflicts of interest from the beginning.
In the future, the existing polypoly GmbH will take care of our business partners with auditing, contract manufacturing, training, and big data services. The GmbH represents and bundles the interests of businesses via a participation and co-operation model.
In addition to the GmbH, a European Co-operative (SCE) will be set up, where users can obtain a stake in the co-operative by installing the software. This way, the user can directly participate in the economic success of polypoly. This co-operative will be exclusively committed to the users and will be responsible for the maintenance of the infrastructure.
This model of co-operation between the two organisations ensures that we are equally committed to our users and partners — in business and politics. Unfair influence or corruption of our infrastructure in this way is prevented. Trust is the most important currency for us, so we want to involve everyone.
Never again powerless on the web
With polypoly, individuals can…
- retrieve their digital shadows from Facebook, Amazon, WhatsApp, Google, Schufa & Co.
- simply and easily protect their digital selves while millions of passwords and credit card numbers circulate on the darkweb.
- get an overview of who is handling their data and how.
- enjoy complete cross-company services (such as chat).
- benefit financially from their data, entirely anonymously of course.
Fair business also helps the economy
polypoly supports companies with all its strength...
- to develop new or further business models in which the customer is an equal partner.
- to get access to better and cheaper data, while upholding GDPR compliance.
- to reduce IT costs and risks.
- turn investments in data protection into a competitive advantage.
- reduce their costs for research, product development, and improvement.