We make a strong distinction between two types of data: (1) publicly available information found online and (2) private information uploaded by clients for their own corporate and/or personal use.
Briefed.eu’s clients save time and resources accessing a single website where they can search, explore, monitor, and analyse data from multiple sources online. Sources include the EU institutional websites, news websites, the websites of organisations involved in EU public affairs, social media platforms, and many more.
Data discovered is then served to clients as a combined feed, and also as separate pages, one for each of the people and organisations deemed by the developers of Briefed.eu relevant to the EU policy-making process. Only information relevant to a specific EU policy-maker or EU public affairs professional is shown on their page inside Briefed.eu. For example, if an article in Politico mentions an MEP, that article will be presented on that MEP’s page in Briefed.eu (normally found at /person/firstname-lastname/). The same would be true for that MEP’s tweets, job history, blog posts, etc.
Importantly, we only serve our clients information that is both public and available online except where clients have uploaded their own private data (e.g. emails), and even then we only serve that data to the client that owns that data and no one else (more on this below). Even if you shouted something interesting on Place du Luxembourg (hence public), unless it makes its way online, it will not be in briefed.eu.
Also importantly, Briefed.eu does not sell data, the data can be found for free only. It is simply that searching for that data can be highly time consuming and unproductive. Briefed.eu offers the ability to instantly search, explore, monitor, and analyse data without the need to visit multiple websites. And this is only one part of our broad offering.
Finally, as part of our commitment to transparency, we are working on a means to automatically allow those who have a profile on Briefed.eu, but no account, to view how data about them is presented. In the meantime, requests can be made manually be by sending an email to email@example.com.
For clients to be able to track their own emails, meetings, and other communications with the EU policymaking community, we offer clients the ability to synchronise their emails, calendars, MailChimp campaigns, Twitter direct messages, etc. Only the client decides who should have access to this information, and options exist for them to share the content with colleagues or anyone else they invite to their “Team” in Briefed.eu. Information is never shared more broadly. Furthermore, this is entirely optional, and while we believe it a valuable offering of the service, it is by no means essential in order to benefit from Briefed.eu.
Clients can also disconnect a synchronisation with Google, Outlook, MailChimp, Twitter, etc. at any point from inside the client dashboard. Once a synchronisation is disconnect all the emails, calendar events, etc. from that synchronisation will be removed.
It is also worth noting that in the case of emails, we never view the content of the emails, only the metadata such as the time an email was sent, who it was sent to and received by, and the title of the email.
Continual rapid advances in information technology mean that this will always be a work in progress, and we are committed to regular and transparent reappraisals of our policies. So if you have any feedback either as a user or as stakeholder in the EU policy-making community, we would gladly welcome your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.