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Semantic Blockchain: Providing Provenance for GDPR Compliance

Project Description:

This project will produce a solution that will allow data owners throughout EU to have an immutable chain of compliance data for the health informatics domain.

Consensual information about the data, which a data owner gives to a data controller holds extreme importance in the case of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). After the application of GDPR, a data controller is bound to record explicit consent from a data owner about the storage and processing of his personal information. Storing this information has its own challenges i.e., proving to the authorities that the data recorded is true and has not changed in a malicious way.

It is also essential to make sure that the final form of data does not cover up any discrepancies that may have happened at the data controller’s or data processor’s end. Confirming the execution of agreed-upon processes is also a challenging task.

Therefore, this will be a novel system that will ensure the provenance of data with the help of blockchain and Semantic Web technologies. The data recorded through this system will be immutable and will ensure complete traceability.

Researchers: Mansoor Ahmed, Markus Helfert

Funding:EU H2020 (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND), SFI – Adapt

Timeframe: 2021-2022

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