Dataswift Governance Overview

We, Dataswift, govern key aspects of the platform for the following reasons:
  • Personal data within PDAs is a “regulated asset” in terms of its storage, exchange, and usage because it does not belong to Dataswift.
  • Dataswift is merely a steward of the personal data server that houses the personal data asset, owned by the server owner.
  • If we handle the PDAs or the data assets incorrectly, we would be liable.
  • Rules set by the HAT Community Foundation and Dataswift aim to protect ourselves and customer applications from being accused of (1) bias in operating the exchange; (2) illegality of accessing data we do not own; (3) being unethical in data usage; (4) taking actions for commercial interests, to the detriment of our stewardship role.
  • Dataswift upholds these stewardship rules as its policies.
  • These policies must be transparently, objectively, and uniformly executed under the oversight of the HAT Community Foundation.
  • The policies also enable the regulator, HAT Community Foundation (HCF), to have an oversight function in approving new policies, or amendments to it. Read more on the HCF.
We, Dataswift, do the following:
  • Review all applications before they go live in production environments.
  • Set up the data contracts between application and server owners for the use of and access to PDAs, or any other data that a server owner requests to be shared.
  • Report to the platform committee (where the regulator has an oversight role) when the risks of setting up the contracts and enabling access cross the predetermined thresholds set by the governance regime based on 77 potential harms.
  • Represent Dataswift’s position whenever the platform committee escalates to the HAT Community Foundation Ethics Board due to its inability to make a decision (e.g. if there is disagreement).
  • Support Dataswift sales with consultancy on best forms of architectural and conduct policies for integrating with PDAs.
There are 5 parts to this process. To read more, see Application Governance.