Welcome to the EnCoRe
EnCoRe – Ensuring Consent and Revocation
– is a research project, being undertaken by UK industry and academia,
to give individuals more control over their personal information.
Why improvements in
informational privacy are needed
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What we are doing
Our work aims to make an individual’s consent a more
powerful means for allowing them to control what happens to the personal
information they disclose to organisations. We think that this control
should be capable of shaping the purposes this information is used for, with
which other organisations it is shared, and for how long and where it is
stored. Today, the consent required of individuals for the use, sharing and
storage of personal information by others will often be a one-off choice,
described in vague terms or given implicitly. This type of consent gives
individuals no real control over personal information, nor the ability to
revoke their consent and be sure that their wishes are
respected. Our work will improve the ease, reliability and rigour with which
individuals can grant and, more importantly, revoke their consent to the
use, storage and sharing of their personal information by others.
Today's reality around
giving and revoking consent
Currently, the law does not require that consent must always have been
given before an organisation can use personal information about individuals.
In fact, organisations will often avoid relying on consent from individuals
to legitimise such use, on the basis that it can be difficult to prove that
adequate consent was obtained. It is possible, and more common, for
organisations to use personal information on the grounds that they are doing
so fairly, legitimately and in a way that would not cause any harm.
here to see what the law requires.
here to see the implications for individuals.
The overall vision of this project is to make giving consent as reliable and
easy as turning on a tap, and revoking that consent as reliable and easy as
turning it off again. Turning this into reality, for both the individual and
the organisation, requires
● consent management technologies to
● IT systems architectures that
include these to be developed,
● organisations' operational processes
and systems to be designed or
enhanced to use them,
● easy-to-use interfaces to be
developed and implemented, and
● the regulatory regime that underpins
all of this to be enhanced and
EnCoRe is working on all of these areas.
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Latest EnCoRe Tidbits
Snippets of news, etc., relevant to consent and
27.1.2012 EnCoRe Newsletter
The fourth EnCoRe Newsletter is now
18.1.2011 Third Technical Architecture
The project's Third Technical Architecture is now