FAQ

My Contact: A decentralized solution for you to own and control access to your contact data

Can Lens or Blockstack access my data?
No!  Neither Lens or Blocktack can access any of the data that you store in your private and secure container.  You are the sole owner of your data and only you have the ability to share access to your information, privately and securely.  The private container is outlined and watermarked with “PRIVATE SECURE”, indicating that you are the sole owner.

What is Blockstack? 

Blockstack is a decentralized framework we leverage for you to create your personal data safe and private encryption keys.  This gives you full autonomy over all data saved under your Blockstack ID. Only you have the keys to decide who can access your data.

Why would I want to use My Contact?
You would want to use My Contact if you are ready to make a shift from passive participation to active control of your contact data.  Currently when you share your contact data with someone they store a local copy of your information.  With My Contact, you create a single source of truth (your contact data in one place) that is under your full ownership and control.  Instead of giving away your contact data, you share a subscription (Lens) for others to access your contact data. You can revoke access at any time. 


What does this dapp do?

It provides you the privacy tools to share a subscription (Lens) to access your contact data instead of giving it away.  The first step is to create your private storage container and single source of truth for your contact data.  When you need to share your contact information with someone, tap the “Share My Contact Data” to generate a unique QR code for the individual.  They can then scan it with their mobile phone and your vCard will be added to their contact application.  The subscription, or Lens, will be added as a URL.   


Does Lens store my email address and phone number?
No!  We do not have access or store any of your information.  We have built you a solution where you are the sole owner of your data, pure and simple, and you decide who should have access to your private data.  This is your personal, private and secure container for your own and control access to your data.
  

What does Revoke do to a Shared Contact?

When you revoke the Shared Contact, it deletes the unique URL that you generated.  The recipient can no longer access your contact data.  NOTE:  Currently the My Contact Dapp includes your mobile number in the vCard.  This is only done for caller ID purposes as we build a work around in the future.  The goal is that you never give away any contact data, just the subscription (Lens) to access your data.   

How do I know that Lens isn’t harvesting my data?
Our core differentiation is that we are not a platform and thus do not have any access to customer’s data.  The solution we have built is a personal, private and secure solution for you to become the sole owner of your data!  This is what we want for us and we are sharing this autonomous solution with you.


Is Lens GDPR compliant?
Yes. In fact Lens was founded on the principles outlined in GDPR.  Our vision is that enterprises should no longer have a copy of our contact data, they should be required to purchase a subscription to access our contact data!


How is Lens different than any other platform like Facebook or LinkedIn?
The major difference is that we don’t collect information on you. Facebook and Linkedin make a significant amount of money by knowing how you interact with the site. This is very valuable information that they can use to sell or share with other companies or organizations that ask them for this data. The privacy policy that Facebook and others use is one in which you give up many, if not all, of your rights to the data you create. Lens uses modern web 3.0 tools to make development easy for our engineers, and to create certain guarantees that we can’t take information from our users.


How is Lens different than an DApp like Zinc, Solid, or SpringRole?
A new ecosystem of decentralized apps is growing rapidly and many new companies are arriving on the scene. The goal of many companies is to take whatever exists in the Web 2.0 world and move it into Web 3.0. Basically that means take an app like Facebook and make it decentralized. Apps in the Web 3.0 world give user’s full control of their data; however, they do not create a single source of truth. If one app requires your phone, that phone number can’t be shared with other apps. With Lens, we are trying to solve this problem by creating a single source of truth that you own and give out subscriptions to. That way you can create a phone number once, and have any other app in the future subscribe to that information. This makes data management much easier!

 

What is the roadmap for lens, i.e. what features are planned in the next few months?
Lens is starting with very simple datasets: email, phone number, and first and last name. This is to prove out the concept of the subscription model to a single source of truth. In the future we have plans to add information such as a driver’s license, passport, date of birth and other fields that are valuable to have in a single location. 


I know how Facebook, LinkedIn and Google make their money, but what is the incentive for Lens?
We are creating a ledger / directory of individual data owners. This is the first step in building a data marketplace where enterprises can request to purchase your Lens to access specific information they require and that you now can permit. Today’s enterprises, such as Nike and Virgin, all try to maintain their customer’s profile information so that they can provide services and customer success.  Our service will allow them to go directly to you instead of trying to own and maintain the data! We will generate revenue by charging a commission on the sale of the Lens. This is very similar to Ebay model. In our case, you are the owner of your data and you can sell access to it through our marketplace. There are real uses and needs to share you data, and we believe that the individual should always be able to make those decisions and directly profit from their data instead of the centralized platforms (Facebook, Google…)

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