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Personal data protection in blockchain
This paper analyses the challenges of blockchain technology in terms of General Data Protection Regulation compliance. It focuses on the great promise of transparency in blockchain systems, its tamper-proof nature and the question of ‘Who will be the data controller in blockchain transactions?’ In blockchain systems, data is distributed across all the nodes’ (who created the blocks) computers at different locations. This makes it difficult to amend the data in the blocks as all the nodes’ participation and approval are needed. While this feature provides transparency and resilience, it is a major challenge on exercising the rights of rectification or deletion. Blockchain systems can be created as private and public, and particularly in public blockchain systems, it can be challenging to allocate and determine the liability of the parties and determine the data controller. We look into the challenges in these areas in a nutshell and very briefly mention how blockchain can benefit from the privacy by design concept.
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Steve Wright is a workplace design professional with over 35 years’ experience in the provision of corporate offices, buildings and branded environments. His previous research has focused on the interaction of people and places enabling the development of insights into productivity, performance and employee satisfaction. It is this fascination with the changing world of what constitutes an effective workplace that fuels his ambitions to quantify the value of good design beyond the aesthetic. Steve is currently part of the CoreNet Global, London Chapter, Workplace Committee alongside his role leading the design team at TTSP in London, UK. He has previously presented his views at the European CoreNet Summit and been published in CREJ, Sustain Magazine, Mix, AJ Review and Building Design.
Ezgi Pilavci is a privacy lawyer and is currently working at Privacy Culture Ltd. Ezgi completed her master’s degree in computer and communications law at Queen Mary London University, London, UK. She has double masters’ degrees in information technology law having six years of experience as an associate in a global law firm in Istanbul, Turkey. Ezgi has been involved in corporate and commercial matters, especially those focused on technology. She has much experience in drafting and revising different types of commercial contracts: SPAs, NDAs, comprehensive IT services, agreements and negotiations with the third parties. Ezgi advised multinational clients on the data protection compliance process. This includes preparing and delivering presentations on data protection principles, privacy requirements and drafting necessary legal texts: consent, policies and supported privacy impact assessment schemes.