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Security and privacy risks in the blockchain ecosystem
Over the last couple of years, we have seen much enthusiasm around blockchain and what it promises. While innovative applications are designed almost every day, blockchain comes with genuine concerns about its security and data protection. This paper discusses the security risks specific to blockchain to take into consideration and how to mitigate them, the limits of using blockchain to record personal information in a stringent regulatory context, and the solutions offered to blockchain developers.
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Ivana Bartoletti is head of privacy and data protection at Gemserv. Ivana’s years of experience in the field span the public and private sectors, including senior roles in the NHS, Barclays and Sky. Ivana works across all sectors, from finance to AdTech, and within the energy market. She is passionate about new technology, big data, AI and blockchain and specialises in supporting clients with their digitalisation and innovation programmes. Ivana is an international public speaker and commentator on privacy, digital rights and data ethics and regularly features on the BBC, as well as writing for the Guardian and other outlets. She also leads the Women Leading in AI network, encouraging women to shape the debate around the use and norms of AI and big data. Ivana holds a Master’s of Law degree (LLM) with distinction and a postgraduate management degree in European public affairs. Ivana was awarded Woman of the Year (2019) at the Cyber Security Awards in recognition of her growing reputation as an advocate of equality, privacy and ethics at the heart of tech and AI.
Samuel Plantié is a principal data protection consultant in the data protection team at Gemserv. He has a PhD in Law (consumer law in the digital economy), is a data protection expert and an IP/IT lawyer, with over five years’ experience in providing legal advice in intellectual property, information technology, contract drafting, commercial litigation and data protection. Samuel is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and has an excellent knowledge of the international digital market. His latest focus is on the use of blockchain technology with data protection requirements and the scrutiny of the AdTech industry by data protection authorities.
Arun Sambodaran leads the development and implementation of cyber security services for emerging platforms with a primary focus on connected devices (Internet of Things [IoT]) and emerging technology areas such as blockchain and machine learning. Arun holds an MSc in e-commerce within the business environment and has over a decade of experience within the private sector, architecting and managing enterprise solutions, operational technologies and cloud infrastructures. Arun also acts as a trusted adviser within the cyber security standards and regulatory space, helping businesses stay compliant against the changing threat and regulatory landscapes.