Open Mobility Foundation releases guidance for using Mobility Data Specification

By Isobel Duxfield / Updated: 22 Dec 2021

To support Mobility Data Specification (MDS) users in addressing privacy concerns, the Open Mobility Foundation (OMF) has formulated comprehensive guidance for applying MDS in the context of GDPR in the European Union.

The OMF supports and facilitates the development of open-source technology employed by cities and mobility services operators.

MDS is a crucial part of this work. It is a digital tool that helps cities better manage transportation in the public right of way. MDS standardises communication and data-sharing between local governments and private mobility providers, such as e-scooter and bike-share companies.

European cities and regions are increasingly focusing on deploying innovative technology to achieve sustainability and digital objectives; keeping members informed of updates to regulations while showcasing best practices from across Europe.

As data management becomes a focal point for the deployment and scaling of new mobility technologies, addressing privacy concerns is a critical challenge for both public and private stakeholders. Indeed, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union (EU) regulation to permit personal data to be safely gathered and analysed for legitimate matters.

In response, the OMF’s guide is a resource specifically designed for cities and companies that wish to stay compliant with GDPR while implementing and using MDS.

Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Executive Director of the Open Mobility Foundation, stated: “This is an important step in helping European cities and companies using MDS navigate privacy considerations under GDPR. We believe this guidance will help organisations develop policies and practices that enhance the privacy of those using shared mobility services.”

To view the guidance, click here.


This article first appeared on the POLIS Network news page.

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