Privacy by Design and data sovereignty

"Privacy by design" means privacy and data protection are at the forefront design specifications, architecture of information, and communication systems and technologies. This facilitates compliance with privacy and data protection principles (*).

Separation of Data Powers

Traditionally, the separation and balance between powers has been the key principle of government. Known as the 'trias politica', this principle is a necessary condition for trust within societies, and has existed for over 2500 years. We separate powers by taking control of our private data.

Digital Identity

We work closely with identity providers for people, processes and products. Open Signum's technology acts as a "blind gateway", built on open source software, and also can act as a privacy-by-design custodian, eg on transactions between verified attestations.

Decentralized Governance

Distributed storage of data and decentralized governance models provide trust. Governance occurs through a versatile and fine-grained rights model with a multilayered structure of custodians that control different aspects of current and future Open Signum protocols, code and potential networks.

Verified Attestations

Granular attestation levels per record verify correctness of the information stored on clustered ledgers. These also are aimed at correctly accounting for attribution. With others we continue to develop better regulated & decentralized incentive mechanisms for innovation ecosystems.

Media Value Chain

The media industry suffers greatly from incomplete and inconsistent rights owner information. Together we must address the entire flow of musical works, sound recordings, licensing and rroyalty payments. Together with industry partners we build solutions to solve this problem.


The music industry suffers from incomplete and inconsistent overviews. Therefore together we must address the entire flow from musical works, sound recordings to streaming data. Together with music industry partners we build solutions to solve this problem, while also integrating these in your current workflows.

Industry Standards

We embrace existing standards in software, music and compliance, e.g. RDx, DDEX, ISRC, ISWC, UPC, IPI, ISNI for music. In addition we support the Open Music Initiative's API and Mycelia's Creative Passport. With Microsoft we work closely on adhering to assurance standards like ISAE 3000 for non-financial information.

(*) Source: https://edps.europa.eu/data-protection/data-protection/glossary/p_en
The privacy by design framework was developed by Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, following her joint work with the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Dutch DPA) and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) in 1995.