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A Better Way to Store Private Data – Enabling Web Apps to Comply with Privacy Laws by Default


Many software developers rely on error-prone manual scripts to handle privacy requests. Pelton, a new kind of database developed by researchers at Brown, provides correct compliance with privacy laws like the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) by organizing data primarily by user. My research addresses a problem with Pelton: it doesn't work with existing applications due to its novel API. My work makes Pelton compatible with existing applications that assume a MySQL database and provides a baseline that is easily extended to make Pelton compatible with other widely used databases, enabling developers to gain the privacy benefits of Pelton without having to rewrite their application code.

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Kilimnik, Benjamin, "A Better Way to Store Private Data – Enabling Web Apps to Comply with Privacy Laws by Default" (2021). Summer Research Symposium. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



  • Summer Research Symposium

    Each year, Brown University showcases the research of its undergraduates at the Summer Research Symposium. More than half of the student-researchers are UTRA recipients, while others receive funding from a variety of Brown-administered and national programs and fellowships and go …