May 25, 2022

Journal Article: Privacy Impact Assessments for Digital Repositories

The following article (conference pre-print) was recently published by the International Journal Of Digital Curation.


Privacy Impact Assessments for Digital Repositories


Abraham Mhaidli
University of Michigan

Libby Hemphill
University of Michigan

Florian Schaub
University of Michigan

Cundiff Jordan
University of Michigan

Andrea K. Thomer
University of Michigan


International Journal Of Digital Curation
Vol 15 No 1 (2020)
DOI: 10.2218/ijdc.v15i1.692

Note: This paper was presented at the International Digital Curation Conference IDCC20, Dublin, 17-19 February 2020


Trustworthy data repositories ensure the security of their collections. We argue they should also ensure the security of researcher and human subject data. Here we demonstrate the use of a privacy impact assessment (PIA) to evaluate potential privacy risks to researchers using the ICPSR’s Open Badges Research Credential System as a case study. We present our workflow and discuss potential privacy risks and mitigations for those risks.

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5 pages; PDF.

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