Launch of Data Privacy Vocabularies Chaired by ADAPT’s Dr. Harshvardhan J. Pandit

13 January 2023

Recently, the W3C Data Privacy Vocabularies and Controls Community Group (DPV), has published final reports on three of its vocabularies and a Primer after close to 5 years of work. This marks a significant milestone for the group as well as the launch of DPV as a ‘data model’ or a ‘taxonomy’ of concepts that act as a vocabulary for the interoperable representation and exchange of information about personal data and its processing. 

DPV is chaired by ADAPT’s Dr. Harshvardhan J. Pandit, an Assistant Professor at the School of Computing in Dublin City University. 

The DPV specification outlined in the reports represents an abstract model of concepts and relationships for expressing information related to processing of personal data, entities involved and their roles, details of technologies utilised, relation to laws and legal justifications permitting its use, and other relevant concepts based on privacy and data protection. 

While the DPV uses the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a guiding source for the creation and interpretation of concepts, the ambition and scope of DPV is to provide a broad globally useful vocabulary that can be extended to jurisdiction or domain specific applications.

For more information, access the reports here.