Introducing OConsent — Open Consent Protocol

In the current connected world — Websites, Mobile Apps, IoT Devices collect a large volume of users’ personally identifiable activity data. These collected data is used for varied purposes of analytics, marketing, personalisation of services, etc. Data is assimilated through site cookies, tracking device IDs, embedded JavaScripts, Pixels, etc. to name a few. Many of these tracking and usage of collected data happens behind the scene and is not apparent to an average user. Consequently, many Countries and Regions have formulated legislations (e.g. GDPR, EU) — that allow users to be able to control their personal data, be informed and consent to its processing in an comprehensible and user-friendly manner.

Over the last few months I have been working on designing — OConsent — that proposes a protocol and a platform based on Blockchain Technology that enables the transparent processing of personal data throughout its lifecycle from capture, lineage to redaction. The solution intends to help service multiple stakeholders from individual end-users to Data Controllers and Privacy Officers. It intends to offer a holistic and unambiguous view of how and when the data points are captured, accessed and processed. The framework also envisages how different access control policies might be created and enforced through a public blockchain including real time alerts for privacy data breach.

OConsent Preview

Snapshot of Consent Agreement Signing process
OConsent Agreement JSON-LD Structure

OConsent now has a dedicated home at https://oconsent.io.

If the idea of OConsent excites you — please join us to spread the word on twitter/theoconsent or contribute towards its development on github/oconsent by initiating a pull request or write to us at hi@oconsent.io

Over the next few days the OConsent technical white paper would be released. Please watch this space for announcements.

Distributed Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Theoretical Physics, Open Source

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