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Data privacy in software design : case dLearn.Helsinki

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Title: Data privacy in software design : case dLearn.Helsinki
Author(s): Ahonen, Heikki
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Science, none
Discipline: none
Degree program: Master's Programme in Computer Science
Specialisation: Software systems
Language: English
Acceptance year: 2020
The research group dLearn.Helsinki has created a software for defining the work life competence skills of a person, working as a part of a group. The software is a research tool for developing the mentioned skills of users, and users can be of any age, from school children to employees in a company. As the users can be of different age groups, the data privacy of different groups has to be taken into consideration from different aspects. Children are more vulnerable than adults, and may not understand all the risks imposed to-wards them. Thus in the European Union the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)determines the privacy and data of children are more protected, and this has to be taken into account when designing software which uses said data. For dLearn.Helsinki this caused changes not only in the data handling of children, but also other users. To tackle this problem, existing and future use cases needed to be planned and possibly implemented. Another solution was to implement different versions of the software, where the organizations would be separate. One option would be determining organizational differences in the existing SaaS solution. The other option would be creating on-premise versions, where organizations would be locked in accordance to the customer type. This thesis introduces said use cases, as well as installation options for both SaaS and on-premise. With these, broader views of data privacy and the different approaches are investigated, and it can be concluded that no matter the approach, the data privacy of children will always prove a challenge.
Keyword(s): data privacy GDPR computer science

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