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How to implement consent for your council under GDPR

A new service from KnowNow Information, Consentua, helps organisations build citizen trust as required under General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). It provides data processing transparency and gives citizens the choice and control needed to share data safely and comfortably.

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Consentua – privacy and consent service

Consentua captures users’ consent to the use of their personal data. It provides GDPR compliance to organisations that process data. It also allows individuals to control how their personal data is being used.

You can now sign up to Consentua via CC2i, the collaborative government services co-funding platform at


What is Consentua?

Consentua is a consent management system from KnowNow Information that helps organisations to achieve GDPR’s data protection compliance. It also gives individuals choice and control over how their personal data is used.

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Future Watch: Chris Cooper on Data Security

Future Watch 1: Data Security.

Chartered Engineer, Enterprise Architect and one half of KnowNow, Chris Cooper talks to Gemma Christie and explains the data security issues that people and organisations still can’t seem to master, as well as next-horizon ideas that we’ll start seeing in the next two to ten years.


G: Hi Chris thanks for your time today. We’re going to start by discussing your article ‘5 rules of thumb and security of YOUR data’. Before we get started would you mind giving us a quick introduction to Know Now and your role there?

C: Yeah sure, KnowNow was set up by myself and David Patterson back in Nov 2013. We’re both ex IBM and we are both from the Smart City space. The reason we set up KnowNow is we felt that there is a market opportunity on helping places, cities, districts and communities adopt technology in a safe and sustainable way. Our previous employer was focused on some other stuff and we felt they were missing out on that opportunity. We still have a great relationship with IBM and we’re an IBM business partner.

Group photo of the Integrated Transport cohort with Chris, Second from Right, at Cognicity

Chris, Second from Right, at Cognicity

We’re an award winning team. We won a big data award in 2015 for an idea on using open data to help emergency situations and we were cohort 1 finalists on the on the Cognicity challenge in Canary Wharf.

Find out more about the Cognicity challenge here: http://cognicity.london/cognicity-challenge

It’s been a fun 2 and a half years so far and I’m looking forward to more fun with Mr Patterson.


Data Security

G: You have written about data security. Why is this an issue that is relevant to Know Now?

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Citizens Now Have Consent – Part 1

Part 1: The Story So Far

For smart cities to be considered a success they will have many different types of services e.g. for health, mobility, energy and crime. How services are delivered, measured and valued will be transformed and citizens will now consume experiences and share most things that were previously owned. It will just make sense that way. However, there is a big assumption in this futuristic view.  Consent.

What’s the big assumption?

That citizens will have allowed some quite personal information to be consumed, shared and distributed. Yet, this laissez faire view does not necessarily work for all. In particular when it comes to the European countries with the new GDPR, a growing number of citizens are hesitant about sharing their data freely, according to the latest MEF report some 41% of citizens have this concern. Yet a total clamp down on personal information use is not appropriate either, because no personal information share means no experiences and no transformed services.

So what is to be done?

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KnowNow Final Pitch for Cognicity

Week 12 @ Cognicity – Pitching time

Group photo of our cohort

Group photo of our cohort on week 1 of the challenge in January 2015

The kn-i Pitch

After 11 weeks on a start up challenge.   One of the net results is a better pitch on what your product does and how you better sell yourself and what you do.    On the 13th April, David & I got the chance in 5 minutes to pitch to Canary Wharf Group.

Here is that pitch including a few of the slides we used.

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Week 8 to 11 @ Cognicity – Final Countdown

Final Countdown

Apologies for the break in the blog cycle and the jump to week 11 from the last update way back on week 7.  A personal saga has been my prime focus.  However,  loads has happened and we are now on the final stretch of Cognicity.


Final Countdown

Week 8 was all about Interoperability.  Plus we got to pitch to Sir George!  Week 9 we should have met the client but missed the meeting.  Week 10 we finally did meet the client.   We are now on the final countdown gunning towards the finishing line.

Cognicity has been a hugely positive deal for KnowNow.  A truly fab experience so far and you never know.  We may even win it!


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Week 7 @ Cognicity

KnowNow’s 7th week at Cognicity

CW March sunset

Sunset this week from Level 24

Waterloo Sunset

I am lucky in some respects in that I have seen some cracking sunsets.  With the evenings getting longer photos like the one above will have to be taken later and later.  Which is what I am expecting as KnowNow nears the finishing line for the Cognicity Challenge.  I am sure KnowNow will be following a proud tradition of all IT projects of working late till the deadline!

This week saw us focus on pulling together a team of fellow Cognicters delivering a Interoperability point of view for a pending visit at the start of week 8 from Sir George Iacobescu    (chairman of Canary Wharf Group).   How that pitch went will be the subject of next weeks blog! Plus, I had a great session with Luis Lopes on a Business Model Canvas walkthrough on our Augmented Reality capability that we are demonstrating as part of the kn-i showcase.

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Week 6 at Cognicity – Reflection

Reflection now we are half way through…

The highlight for KnowNow on week 6 at Cognicity had to be the superb PR & marketing workshop. Yet again the high standard of workshops delivered by Cognicity is maintained. The other news was on the interoperability front, with an agreement in principle between KnowNow & Buzz Streets to collaborate on a use case for the demo day; as well as a very productive discussion with Milos Milisavljevic the CEO of Strawberry Energy. More reflection on those developments later.

As per the heading, as KnowNow is half way through the challenge perhaps now is also a good opportunity to reflect too.  What were KnowNow’s expectations and how does this compare to what has happened?  Plus what lies ahead in the next 6 weeks.

Halfway There

Halfway There

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Week 5 @ Cognicity = Focus


This weeks blog is a highlight of two really excellent workshops and some great mentor feedback.  Plus,  for the first time, the whole KnowNow team (that is all 3 of us) spent the day in Canary Wharf, more on that experience later.   Level 24 was busier too due to the second cohort starting, the buzzing vibe is getting louder!


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Week 4 @ Cognicity

That Was the Week That Was

TWTWTW @ Cognicity

That Was the Week That Was

The 4th week at Cognicity KnowNow saw us receive a number of visitors to our Level 24 office.  Which amongst the many highlights led to a more developed cultural use case for the Docklands Museum.    Plus we participated in a great product development workshop.  More on that later in the blog.   The challenge participants are embracing interoperability which is great news for the kn-i platform, the Cognicity Challenge and Canary Wharf.   On a news note, David & I had a great discussion with our home city.  Watch this space to see if kn-i will be landing in Portsmouth soon. Well  by 2016 we hope!

From a challenge perspective we are a third of the way through. A great vibe is brewing on Level 24 as the teams settle into a pattern, helping each other out and starting to see how we will deliver a cool demo in 8 weeks!   Check out the KnowNow Wall including our banner in the picture below.  The second cohort starts on Monday.  We the first cohort feel like veterans now the newbies are starting.   Exciting times.

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Week 3 @ Cognicity

Cognicity and KnowNow in The News

KnowNow was pleased to be in its local rag the ‘Portsmouth News’   this week which was great coverage for KnowNow and extends awareness of Cognicity down to the South Coast.  Our 3rd week at Cognicity started with a highlight – a workshop session led by Mischa Dohler.  It was a privilege to share stories, thoughts and ideas with Mischa for a morning.

This week also saw us entertain a few visitors too.   It is great having such a cool work place.  level 24 of One Canada Square.   The view is to die for!

View West from level 24

View looking west from level 24

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