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Creating a Vocabulary for Data Privacy

The First-Year Report of Data Privacy Vocabularies and Controls Community Group (DPVCG)

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Managing privacy and understanding handling of personal data has turned into a fundamental right, at least within the European Union, with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being enforced since May 25th 2018. This has led to tools and services that promise compliance to GDPR in terms of consent management and keeping track of personal data being processed. The information recorded within such tools, as well as that for compliance itself, needs to be interoperable to provide sufficient transparency in its usage. Additionally, interoperability is also necessary towards addressing the right to data portability under GDPR as well as creation of user-configurable and manageable privacy policies. We argue that such interoperability can be enabled through agreement over vocabularies using linked data principles. The W3C Data Privacy Vocabulary and Controls Community Group (DPVCG) was set up to jointly develop such vocabularies towards interoperability in the context of data privacy. This paper presents the resulting Data Privacy Vocabulary (DPV), along with a discussion on its potential uses, and an invitation for feedback and participation.


  • Privacy
  • GDPR
  • Interoperability
  • Semantic web

We thank all members of the W3C DPVCG for their feedback and input to this work: a preliminary outline of the goals of CG has been presented in ISWC2018’s SWSG workshop [5] where we also gathered valuable feedback by the participants; this work is the first complete presentation of the resulting, proposed vocabulary elaborated by the DPVCG since. This work was supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant 731601 (SPECIAL), by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) under the projects “EXPEDiTE” and “CitySpin”, by the ADAPT Centre for Digital Excellence funded by SFI Research Centres Programme (Grant 13/RC/2106), and co-funded by European Regional Development Fund.

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Pandit, H.J. et al. (2019). Creating a Vocabulary for Data Privacy. In: Panetto, H., Debruyne, C., Hepp, M., Lewis, D., Ardagna, C., Meersman, R. (eds) On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2019 Conferences. OTM 2019. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 11877. Springer, Cham.

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