The project aims at creating an efficient and flexible framework for secure data management from the client to the cloud, and vice-versa. We consider in particular three dimensions to this goal:
- to facilitate the writing, understanding, analysis, management, enforcement and dissolution of data sharing agreements; going from high level descriptions (close to natural language) to system enforceable data usage policies;
- to consider the most appropriate enforcing mechanisms depending on the underlying infrastructure and context for enforcing data usage policies;
- to address key challenges for legally compliant data sharing in the cloud. By taking a “compliance by design” approach, the project places an early emphasis on understanding and incorporating legal and regulatory requirements into the data sharing agreements.