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Exploring blockchain for consent and privacy data management


Ontario Tech University (a.k.a. University of Ontario Institute of Technology)



Project Leader(s)

Qusay H. Mahmoud


The deployment of Internet services everywhere – in objects and devices in smart homes, health sensors, banking, and transportation – comes with “consent management,” which is the requirement to grant authorized organizations or persons a select, partial or total access to their personal data.

The management of personal data is a challenging task, and hence the need for an efficient and secure consent management system that can be contextually shared among different online services and databases. Blockchain technology offers a promise for better ways to protect and manage personal information and while it may take time for the technology to mature, the objective of this project is to explore this technology and experiment with it for enhanced data security and personal information management for individuals, corporations, government entities, and public institutions.

The project’s principal aim is to design and develop a platform where data can be easily and securely shared across systems, with individuals as the owners of their data controlling the flow of their personal information. The blockchain-based platform developed in this project aims to reduce the risk of unauthorized access and data manipulation, and benefit everyone from private and public sector organizations. The hope is that as a result of this research, Canadian may no longer need to spend time filling out forms with information they have provided many times already.

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OPC Funded Project

This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.

Contact Information

Dr. Qusay H. Mahmoud
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Ontario Tech University
2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5
Telephone: (905) 721-8668, ext. 3843

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