Published June 14, 2019 | Version preprint
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Towards Cataloguing Potential Derivations of Personal Data

  • 1. ADAPT Centre, Trinity College Dubln
  • 2. Vienna University of Economics and Business


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has established transparency and accountability in the context of personal data usage and collection. While its obligations clearly apply to data explicitly obtained from data subjects, the situation is less clear for data derived from existing personal data. In this paper, we address this issue with an approach for identifying potential data derivations using a rule-based formalisation of examples documented in the literature using Semantic Web standards. Our approach is useful for identifying risks of potential data derivations from given data and provides a starting point towards an open catalogue to document known derivations for the privacy community, but also for data controllers, in order to raise awareness in which sense their data collections could become problematic.


This work is supported by funding under EU's Horizon 2020 research and in- novation programme: grant 731601 (SPECIAL), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency's (FFG) program "ICT of the Future": grant 861213 (CitySPIN), and ADAPT Centre for Digital Excel- lence funded by SFI Research Centres Programme (Grant 13/RC/2106) and co-funded by European Regional Development Fund.



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SPECIAL – Scalable Policy-awarE linked data arChitecture for prIvacy, trAnsparency and compLiance 731601
European Commission
ADAPT: Centre for Digital Content Platform Research 13/RC/2106
Science Foundation Ireland