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INSPIRE in the cloud and GDPR : a spatial proxy solution

Thierry Chevallier

(Submission #265)


By 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (aiming to protect the privacy of EU citizens, regardless of location) will come into effect. Complying with this new regulation will be a challenge for organisations collecting and processing personal data, particularly when these data are stored or processed in the cloud.

Even though geospatial data were rarely considered as personal data in the recent past, things have changed. Indeed with technological advances in the GIS field (very high resolution imagery, location based services, etc.), it becomes easier and easier to relate geo-referenced data with individuals . The consequence is that protecting data privacy is an issue for the geospatial actors, as it is already the case in the health or banking sectors. 

That being said, applying both the INSPIRE directive (ease of data sharing) and the GDPR (data protection and privacy) could become quite an uncomfortable task, as they seem to target opposite objectives. That is why there is the need for a solution which could preserve both interoperability and geodata privacy. We describe here the CLARUS open source solution (funded by the European Commission). CLARUS is a spatial proxy able to intercept and parse the PostGIS and WFS protocols and to apply security mechanisms on the intercepted data flows. The CLARUS proxy ensures data protection and privacy while data and computation capabilities are kept in public clouds.

Furthermore, the underlying PostGIS/WFS proxification technology could be used for a variety of purposes, other than data privacy, like authentication, metadata creation, semantic enhancement, etc.  


Topic Area:  [2.6] INSPIRE in the Cloud and On-line platforms for exposing, accessing and using spatial data and services, including the relevancy of INSPIRE for Big Data analytics.
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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