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Identity & Personal Information

The Grand Awakening, Rise of Personal Information Management


Personal data & identity (PD&I) are reshaping society and the world’s markets. We are working on a PD&I Market Assessment: Now & Beyond initiative in partnership with the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF). Our goal is to help further the growth of the industry by answering two questions in the context of PD&I:

  • What is the PD&I Market?
  • What do we [industry leaders, governments, people…] need to know?
  • What do we need to do next?

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Helping Put the CONNECTED INDIVIDUAL at the Heart of Your Business


The steppingstones to commercial success.

Identity & personal information management strategy, solution/product, business, & market development management and advisory

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Michael Becker at Mobile World Congress 2019
Michael Becker presenting Mobile World Congress 2019


MEF Market Review: Personal Data and Identity Meeting of the Waters

The Mobile Ecosystem Forum released a report today—MEF Market Review: Personal Data and Identity Meeting of the Waters—that I’ve been working on for a while. You can download it for FREE here. The report explains the current state of the personal data and identity market. Take a look. Let’s collaborate.  The world is responding to […]

Aligning the 3 Pillars of the Personal Data and Identity Marketplace

Published by the Mobile Ecosystem Forum on September 29, 2022 For industry and society to function effectively, we need trust: “to have and maintain confidence in the honesty of another (an individual, system, service, or process) to meet their social, commercial and civic obligations.”. In the context of today’s digitally-driven society—with so many actors, systems, […]

Call for Insights & White Paper Contributors: Is it rude to ask your age? Actually no. It is a legal requirement

Note: I co-authored this piece with Iain Corby, Director at Age Verification Providers Association (AVPA). Get ready; new and evolving personal data and identity management methods are causing a tsunami of change. In particular, two crucial areas driving change are the proper administration of the sale of age-restricted products and services and what businesses must do […]

Inviting People to the Table: Sourcing Personal Data From Individuals, Offering Value in Return

Authors: Drew Clabes, Marketing Manager, Identity Praxis, Inc. and Michael J. Becker, CEO, Identity Praxis, Inc. Published by the Mobile Ecosyestem Forum September 22, 2022. September 2022, Michael Becker, Co-Founder & CEO of Identity Praxis and Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) PD&I Working Group Chair, held an engaging interview with Co-Founder, and CTO of CYDigital John Rizzo. The two delve into the inspiration behind Marteq.io, a […]

MEF CONNECTS Personal Data & Identity Event & The Personal Data & Identity Meeting of The Waters: Things are Just Getting Started

This article was published by the MEF, on June 3, 2022.   Early last month, the MEF held its first-ever event dedicated to personal data and identity event: MEF CONNECTS Personal Data & Identity Hybrid, on May 10 and 11th, in London (watch all the videos here). It was unquestionably a huge success. Hundreds of people […]

How Mobile Authentication Can Protect The Youth

I sat down with Breno Pilar at IPification, a mobile authentication solutions provider, to discuss his views on how mobile authentication can be used to protect vulnerable populations, especially children, as they use the Internet and Internet-powered services. Properly implemented, Breno asserts that mobile authentication can improve security, protect privacy, streamline the user experience (i.e., […]


Michael Becker has a remarkable ability to assess a situation and identify where the opportunities are. Initiatives he is involved with have a ‘Becker Effect’ with a focus on meaningful progress for immediate wins and long term success. He is thorough in considering the existing complexities and forward-thinking about adaptions needed for a changing world (especially in relation to personal data). Conversations are never dull due to his vast knowledge, passion, and wit. You’ll often be left learning something new, a purposeful direction, and motivated to take things to the next level. Laure Carter, Digital & Brand Marketing, Communications, Digital Marketing Manager, North America, December 2020
As people take more control of their personal data and its true value is appreciated, companies will need to adjust customer interactions. Michael has a firm grasp of this emerging landscape and has the ability to explain it to diverse audiences with great energy in plain language. We were so pleased to have him present at two conferences for our association. Both times he left attendees keenly aware of the most pressing issues they needed to address and with the information, resources, and advice to do just that. Art Flanagan, Vice President, Communications, Insights Association, December 2020
One word best describes Michael: driven. On top of that he is a true entrepreneur, futurist, strategist and operator who knows how to get things done. He is a pillar within the identity and personal information ecosystem. To those who know him best, Michael is always moving forward. His passion, gung-ho spirit and energy inspire me. I value his strategic bent of mind, marketing chops and prescriptive thinking, and appreciate the support he has given me and my company over the years. Mickey Kahn, Chairman/CEO, publisher and editor in chief Company NameLuxury Daily, American Marketer, Napean LLC
Michael has participated in our Digital Advisory Board since its inception. He has delivered new thinking and creative partnership and marketing ideas with every meeting, pushing further and deeper for fresh perspectives. Michael cares deeply about his client and his work, and his passion is unparalleled. Kelli Ertel
Michael has participated in our Digital Advisory Board since its inception. He has delivered new thinking and creative partnership and marketing ideas with every meeting, pushing further and deeper for fresh perspectives. Michael cares deeply about his client and his work, and his passion is unparalleled. Kelli Ertel
Mr. Michael is a perfect instructor. I benefited a lot from his Lynda.com Mobile Marketing Fundamentals course. The course contained great illustrations and was delivered in a practical manner. I am sure this course would be great for every digital marketer. I am looking for more publications from Mr. Michael and I am grateful that he is so open with sharing his knowledge and expertise with others. Mohamed Samir
I have known Michael Becker for over 10 years, during which time I have seen him develop and execute one of the most innovative and forward-thinking companies in the mobile space. Michael is a true rainmaker with the ability to craft and deploy creative solutions; his innate business sense and gregarious personality allow him to differentiate his offerings from competitors and standout in a crowded market. Vince Canobbio
Michael Becker is one of the most insightful professors that I have encountered. His National University Advanced Mobile Marketing Strategy course was challenging. It raised my personal awareness of mobile. It presented me with an entirely new vocabulary that I did not even know existed. In particular, appreciated how he incorporated his professional experience and personal opinions throughout the course. I see, now, that marketers do not need a mobile strategy, rather their strategy needs mobile. Furthermore, this course introduced me to a new concept, the Personal Data Economy. It helped me recognize that people can and should be empowered to control their personal information, to manage their digital sovereignty. Change is coming, we should all start preparing ourselves now. Joe Louis Burroughs II
Michael is a great advisor on every level of marketing and strategy. He is the go-to source for marketers who wish to truly understand how to engage in this era of connectivity! Mich Hancock
Michael is a founding member of our Digital Advisory Board. Have a problem to solve or an opportunity to take advantage of? Michael is our go-to person. He always provides not just one but many ideas, insights, books, apps or introductions to members of his network. Thank you, Michael! Carey Bongard