In 1999, Smart Species started as a project at Carleton University Sociology and Law department, for people to control their own information.

In 2006 - Mark Lizar and Louis Monvoisin went to IIW at Identity Commons, this led to the Identity Trust Notice & Consent Charter, in 2007. Where a log of what work, events and references have evolved the works for a global notice and consent framework based on international standards.

Smart Species was launched, when it was clear that there was no privacy controls in identity management systems.

Smart Species has led and been apart of a coalition of efforts, projects and standards development over the last 15 years in order to build an Open Privacy Network, that can scale globally, and be used for people to control personal data. In October 2019, this becoming a reality


Smart Species is a leading global innovator in the governance, policy and transparency needed for digital transparency. Needed so people can see and control personal information..
— Joss Langford, Coelition

smart species is based on integrity in data control and transparency;

we provide consent by Default for privacy by design services

  • We use next generation digital transparency and notification solutions to enable consent by design

  • Privacy by Design and Default, Risk Auditing & Rating Services

  • Assistance with standards implementation development and feedback

  • Data Governance & Data Trust Consulting

  • Consent Design for Advance Privacy and Security architectures;

  • Operational Privacy