BDVA and CoE DSC joint white paper on combining Data Spaces and PETs

05/04/24

Data spaces and Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) share a mutual objective: facilitating access to data insights while maintaining confidentiality, yet the development of data spaces and PETs is driven by two different communities. BDVA has joine...

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Data spaces and Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) share a mutual objective: facilitating access to data insights while maintaining confidentiality, yet the development of data spaces and PETs is driven by two different communities. BDVA has joined forces with CoE-DSC to develop the “Leveraging the benefits of combining data spaces and privacy enhancing technologies” publication, highly relevant for the ecosystem and our two organisations. Discover the newly published white paper here.

Europe is investing in Common European Data Spaces, decentralised infrastructures facilitating data accessibility and sharing among organisations through specific agreements, such as technical, legal and economic conditions. They incorporate crucial governance and technical elements, such as data source findability and accessibility, data interoperability, usage control and trust mechanisms.

Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) constitute a set of technologies designed to prevent the sharing of sensitive data in a readable format, thus mitigating the risk of information leakage. PETs allow for specific analytics to be conducted while safeguarding sensitive data, thereby offering inherent privacy protections. The synergy between Data Spaces and PETs is mutually beneficial. PETs enhance the range of data sharing services within Data Spaces, expand supported use cases and streamline access for participants through a unified entry point. Conversely, Data Spaces facilitate the deployment of PETs, leveraging established stakeholder roles and operational processes, reducing implementation risks and fostering scalability.

Even though the mutual benefits are clear, aligning Data Spaces architectures with PET solutions poses challenges, necessitating ongoing efforts. Addressing business model alignment, architectural interoperability and legal governance is crucial. Privacy patterns offer a methodology to bridge technical and operational aspects, facilitating interoperability and deployment.

Big Data Value Association (BDVA) is a key partner in the Data Spaces Support Centre (DSSC) and CoE-DSC is an active member of the DSSC Strategic Stakeholder Forum (SSF). BDVA, CoE DSC and the authors wanted to make the Data Spaces and PETs communities aware of the importance of joining forces and seeing how PETs can be combined within data spaces. This white paper targets the Research & Innovation communities involved in Data Spaces and PETs, offering recommendations to align initiatives across organisational, business and technical domains. It suggests prioritising alignment efforts on operational processes initially, with Common Privacy Patterns supporting integration between Data Spaces and PETs capabilities and responsibilities.