Infographic GDPR and ISA² specifications

Infographic: GDPR and Data Portability – ISA² specifications as enablers?

Published on: 25/02/2019

This infographic illustrates how data specifications developed by the SEMIC action of the ISA² programme can support the right of data portability, such as Core Vocabularies.

ISA2 Infographic GDPR and Data Portability



The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect in May 2018, provides a new framework for harmonised governance of data protection rules across the EU and the protection and empowerment of EU citizens regarding the use of their personal data.

The GDPR Regulation introduces the right to data portability (Article 20) which allows data subjects to obtain personal data they have provided to a data controller in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format as well as to transfer such data to a different controller. The main purpose of this new right is to strengthen the control of data subjects over their personal data.

To allow for the exercise of this right, it is therefore key to provide interoperable data formats and processing systems to enable controllers to address data subject’s data portability requests.

Core Vocabularies, as simplified, reusable, and extensible data model describing specific sets of data, are examples of solutions to enable data portability from a technical point of view. They also  provide means to transmit personal data in an interoperable format. In the context of GDPR, the Core Person Vocabulary is available as specific solution to support data portability requests.

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