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A privacy protection model to support personal privacy in relational databases.

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dc.contributor.author Oberholzer, Hendrik Johannes
dc.date.accessioned 2008-06-02T13:07:53Z
dc.date.available 2008-06-02T13:07:53Z
dc.date.issued 2008-06-02T13:07:53Z
dc.date.submitted 2001
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/507
dc.description.abstract The individual of today incessantly insists on more protection of his/her personal privacy than a few years ago. During the last few years, rapid technological advances, especially in the field of information technology, directed most attention and energy to the privacy protection of the Internet user. Research was done and is still being done covering a vast area to protect the privacy of transactions performed on the Internet. However, it was established that almost no research has been done on the protection of the privacy of personal data that are stored in tables of a relational database. Until now the individual had no say in the way his/her personal data might have been used, indicating who may access the data or who may not. The individual also had no way to indicate the level of sensitivity with regard to the use of his/her personal data or exactly what he/she consented to. Therefore, the primary aim of this study was to develop a model to protect the personal privacy of the individual in relational databases in such a way that the individual will be able to specify how sensitive he/she regards the privacy of his/her data. This aim culminated in the development of the Hierarchical Privacy-Sensitive Filtering (HPSF) model. A secondary aim was to test the model by implementing the model into query languages and as such to determine the potential of query languages to support the implementation of the HPSF model. Oracle SQL served as an example for text or command-based query languages, while Oracle SQL*Forms served as an example of a graphical user interface. Eventually, the study showed that SQL could support implementation of the model only partially, but that SQL*Forms was able to support implementation of the model completely. An overview of the research approach employed to realise the objectives of the study: At first, the concepts of privacy were studied to narrow down the field of study to personal privacy and the definition thereof. Problems that relate to the violation or abuse of the individual’s personal privacy were researched. Secondly, the right to privacy was researched on a national and international level. Based on the guidelines set by organisations like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Council of Europe (COE), requirements were determined to protect the personal privacy of the individual. Thirdly, existing privacy protection mechanisms like privacy administration, self-regulation, and automated regulation were studied to see what mechanisms are currently available and how they function in the protection of privacy. Probably the most sensitive data about an individual is his/her medical data. Therefore, to conclude the literature study, the privacy of electronic medical records and the mechanisms proposed to protect the personal privacy of patients were investigated. The protection of the personal privacy of patients seemed to serve as the best example to use in the development of a privacy model. Eventually, the Hierarchical Privacy-Sensitive Filtering model was developed and introduced, and the potential of Oracle SQL and Oracle SQL*Forms to implement the model was investigated. The conclusion at the end of the dissertation summarises the study and suggests further research topics. en
dc.description.sponsorship Prof. M.S. Olivier en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject data protection en
dc.subject confidential communications en
dc.subject records access control en
dc.subject relational databases security en
dc.title A privacy protection model to support personal privacy in relational databases. en
dc.type Thesis en

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